Long queues and Covid certificate inspections failed to deter music fans, who waited patiently to soak up the atmosphere in venues across the city.
With numbers restricted and the majority of bars opting for table service, hospitality workers faced significantly greater challenges compared to previous years.
Nonetheless, the positive atmosphere for those at the centre of the action was tangible.
Bastien Peyraud, general manager at the Imperial Hotel, said he was glad to see the return of one of Cork’s most respected traditions.
“We won’t generate as much revenue as previous years, but I don’t think that was the spirit or idea of this year anyway,” Mr Peyraud said. “What it’s really about is maintaining a huge tradition for Cork city.”
He described how a collective determination to succeed has brought the local hospitality community closer.
Jazz at Daunt Square
“The weekend is usually worth somewhere in the region of €40m,” said Mr O’Sullivan.