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 Lianne Clancy, Kellie Campbell, Isabelle Twomey and James Dullea, staff of the Oliver Plunkett bar, on Oliver Plunkett Street, preparing for the Cork Jazz Festival. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Lianne Clancy, Kellie Campbell, Isabelle Twomey and James Dullea, staff of the Oliver Plunkett bar, on Oliver Plunkett Street, preparing for the Cork Jazz Festival. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
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Revenue from the 41st Cork Jazz will be to tune of €35m

THE 41st Guinness Cork Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow with a glitz-and-glam launch at the Metropole Hotel.

The festival is worth a cool €35m to the local economy, as it undergoes a renaissance under new festival director, Sinead Dunphy.

With the forecast predicting cold, but bright weather for the weekend, publican Benny McCabe, who owns The Oval, Mutton Lane, Bodega, The Vicarstown, Sin é and The Crane Lane, said everyone is in for a good festival.

“I am looking forward to it, as I always look forward to it,” Mr McCabe said. “Sinead Dunphy has taken the reins this year and it is a breath of fresh air to the festival.”

 Rob Slyne, Callum Petford, Kirsten Coker and Rebecca Healy, staff of Rearden’s bar on Washington Street, ahead of this weekend’s Cork Jazz Festival. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Rob Slyne, Callum Petford, Kirsten Coker and Rebecca Healy, staff of Rearden’s bar on Washington Street, ahead of this weekend’s Cork Jazz Festival. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Mr McCabe said he had noticed a lot of tourists milling about the city over the past few days and he reckons a number of people have come to Cork early this year.

“I think we are in for a really good one this year,” Mr McCabe predicted.

“A lot of the events are weather-dependent and it looks like we are going to get grand weather over the next few days, which is a huge help.”

“It is a big weekend for the whole city. You can’t underestimate it. It pays the rates,” he added.

The owner of Rearden’s, Paul Montgomery, said the most important part of the festival is the commitment from Guinness and said that the publicans would make it a great Jazz festival ever. “The future is looking bright, in that all the stakeholders in the city want to make it a bigger and bigger international event and there are really no limits to what it can be, with what is being invested in it.”

Mr Montgomery said that the level of investment from all the stakeholders is helping to expand the festival, year on year.

“Not alone are Guinness investing heavily in it every year, but all the venues are putting at least as much in, if not more. I mean, our investment would be probably triple what we receive in support from Diageo. There is a huge commitment in most of the venues in Cork to provide free jazz.”

The popular bar owner said that the festival, which was once centred on a few select streets, can be found anywhere across the city now, thanks to the work and investment of the many jazz-happy publicans.

“There is a huge amount going on. I suppose, traditionally, the jazz happens on MacCurtain Street and Oliver Plunkett Street, but we have put a lot of work into it and upped the ante, and there is a lot more happening now and the spread across the city would be a lot more than it ever was now,” Mr Montgomery said.