World coffee-making champion to present a unique Irish brew to the world market

THIS year's newly-crowned World Coffee Making Champion, Declan Corbett, plans to launch a unique Irish coffee drink into the world market in November, it emerged yesterday.

Mr Corbett, of Kilworth, Fermoy, Co. Cork, who runs Fermoy’s popular Corbett Court Restaurant with sister Anna, won the 2002 Irish World Championship final at a gala event in Foynes, Co. Limerick, as part of the 10th annual Irish Coffee Festival.

“I’m absolutely over the moon. I can’t believe it,’’ Mr Corbett said when he was presented with a crystal trophy and cheque for 1,200 by guest of honour Brendan O’Regan, whose name is synonymous with aviation developments at Shannon and Foynes.

The event at the Community Hall on Saturday night celebrated the 60th anniversary of the invention of Irish coffee as a world famous drink by chef Joe Sheridan during the flying boats era of the 1940s.

Mr Corbett, who is married with three children, competed with eight others from Ireland, America, Australia, Sweden, and Britain.

“This is a brilliant tonic for the launch of a new Irish coffee on the world market,” Mr Corbett said.

“It will be unique because the cream lasts over 12 months using the up-to-date technology developed by senior scientists Dr Brendan O’Kennedy and Dr Sean Tuohy at Moorepark Technology Centre in Fermoy in the past two years,” he said.

With Fermoy marketing consultant Peter Madden, Mr Corbett intends to launch the coffee on the world market in Dublin in November.

Legendary Hollywood film star Maureen O’Hara-Blair paid tribute to Dr O’Regan for his contribution to aviation, the opening of Foynes Airport restaurant in 1942, the development of Shannon as an international airport and the world’s first Duty Free innovation.

Festival director Margaret O’Shaughnessy said the community was proud of the contributions made by Dr O’Regan, chef Joe Sheridan and Maureen O’Hara’s husband, the late Charlie Blair, to the development of Foynes.

Paddy Cole and his All Stars Band provided music, and Seamus Hennessy was compere.

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