Thousands throng to Foynes coffee festival

The Foynes Irish Coffee Festival took place this June bank holiday in wonderful summer weather with thousands of people enjoying the free family entertainment all around the village. This year is a special year for Irish Coffee as it celebrates its 70th birthday – first invented by Chef Joe Sheridan in October 1943. A special Gathering Event will take place in October to celebrate its birthday.

The highlight of the festival was the Powers Irish Coffee Making Championship where three finalists competed for the prestigious title 2013 Powers Irish Coffee Making Champion. So over the past few months heats have taken place around the country to find our finalists. This year the three finalists are as follows:

Colm Whelan, representing The House Hotel, Galway.

Abdullah Al-Shmmasnh representing Fitzgeralds Vienna Woods Hotel, Cork

Micheal Griffiths representing The Beacon Hotel, Dublin.

After a very close competition Colm Whelan, representing the House Hotel, Galway, was announced as the 2013 Powers Irish Coffee Making Champion.

Colm works in the bar in the House Hotel. He is a student of media and Cultural Studies at NUIG and is doing his PhD. Originally from Dundrum in Dublin, he moved to Galway two years ago. He is also taking part in the Olympic Weight Lifting Competition next week in Belfast. He was cheered on by his parents Mary andTommy Whelan and his partner, Rachel Corr.

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