Cowen’s Offaly homecoming May 11th 2008.

This day 4 years ago Brian Cowen TD made a jubiliant return to his constituency of Offaly having been elected leader of Fianna Fail and taken over as taoiseach from Bertie Ahern days previously. It was a day of celebration. The new taoiseach , his wife and two daughters made their way through Tullamore on the back of a large jeep, before adressing the crowds in Tullamore’s town Square and then onto his home town of Clara where he spoke and sang from the back of a truck to the thousands that had assembled to congratulate the local lad done good. I really enjoyed the assignment. There was a wonderful buzz and sense of pride . Pics were happening everywhere . It was one of my first attempts at doing an audio slideshow for www.irishtimes.com so apologies for some elements of the audio being less than perfect.