IT seems that Ed Sheeran’s ‘Bad Habits’ are leading everyone to Cork, as thousands of fans flock to the second night of the star's Páirc Uí Chaoimh shows.
The concerts, which over 70,000 are expected to attend, have caused business to boom for the city’s bars and hotels.
“We have been up the walls. We’re almost 200 bookings up than we normally would be for this weekend,” said Eoin O’Brien of Clancys Bar.
Not only did fans filter into the city after the six-hour-long event last night, but it seems many also headed out to bars and restaurants before the gates opened at 4pm.
“Everyone has had such a spike in business because of the concerts. A lot of people booked in to have food or a few drinks before the shows as well,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It really feels like the summer season is kicking off and people are ready to come out again. I think this has broken the fear for a lot of people.”
Businesses closer to the stadium have had an even busier few days, with crowds gathering early on both afternoons.
Commenting on the traffic management plan for the area, Con Dennehy of the Venue Bar said that the organisation was “second to none”.
“The guards did an absolutely brilliant job. There was plenty of them there and the crowds moved easily. It just ran so smoothly,” Mr Dennehy said.
“There is such a great buzz around the place. People are just longing to get out and mix and enjoy themselves again.
The staff of the Pier Head Inn noticed a similar trend. “There were a lot of parents out with their kids. It was such a massive turnout,” said Darren McGivern.
“Today has been really busy from early on and we expect it to stay that way across the weekend. We were expecting a busy bank holiday anyway but the Thursday and Friday were a huge bonus. It’s five days of a boost really.”
Empty hotel rooms also seem hard to come across for the weekend, with many of the city's hotels at capacity.
“We’re fully booked right through until Sunday,” said Roger Russell, manager of the Metropole Hotel.
The Maldron Hotel in Shandon has seen similar demand. "It's a great weekend for hospitality. All of the city centre's hotels are full until Sunday," said Joe Kennedy, manager and Chairperson of the Cork Irish Hotels Federation branch.
"We're delighted to see large music events return and look forward to having more events like this to help us rebuild over the summer."