• It's not often that you arrive at a gig at 7.20pm and the headline act is already into his second song.
Or that over three hours and 45 minutes later, he's on his fourth encore and looks like he could go on for another hour. But then, Leonard Norman Cohen is no ordinary performer -- 'I'm your Man' perfectly captures his essence. Sitting in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham as the Montreal Minstrel began to weave his magic, it was clear that we were going to be in for a very special night.
His engagement with the audience is very much of the personal nature (Van take note) and his witty asides (introducing his drummer as "our time-keeper, the prince of precision" ) and heartfelt appreciation ("Thank you for sitting in the cold and damp and listening to my melancholy dirges") certainly warmed the cockles of this fan's heart (though my extremities remained frozen on a bitterly cold first night!).
In an era of prefabricated pop controlled by permatanned Svengalis, it is reassuring to find that you can be in the presence of greatness and get value for money from a soon-to-be 78-year-old legend.
As a native of Kilmainham, its not often that you can say -- "Leonard Cohen played in our back garden."
Kilmainham, Dublin 8