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Even in Dingle you can’t escape being tagged…

Seems like a viral thing is going around, and I have to blame Conor for getting me involved. Still, I’ll be a sport, especially since I’ve had an attack of blogging laziness over the past few days, and this might get me back in the swing…

So, five things you don’t know about me, the ice cream man:

Dog and cat in bed1. My brother Sean and I used to share a house near Dingle, and when he decided to go and get married (and I got turfed out), there was naturally a custody battle. 

After all, we both raised the two wee ones, who had grown up together since they were babies and had overlooked all their natural differences and propensities to become best of friends.

In the end, Sean and I settled amicably. He got custody of the dog, and I the cat. We both get visitation rights…

Caife label2. People always ask my favourite ice cream flavour, and I usually dodge the question (after all, it can change). I’ll go out on a limb here – my favorite ice cream flavour is our Caifé. Espresso, Kahlua, and chocolate shavings. It combines my three favourite things – coffee, chocolate, and ice cream. The booze is a bonus!

3. I have a degree in philosophy. So why ice cream, you ask? Well, I could get philosophical about it, but instead I’ll just say it’s better than drinking a cup of hemlock…

Cat begging4. Maybe it’s my philosophical nature, but I believe cats can be trained as well as dogs to do tricks. Of course, you do need infinite patience, but I’ve proven it is indeed possible. My latest project is to teach an old cat new tricks, and I thought it would be fairly winning if the fellow could beg. Don’t believe me? See the picture introduced as evidence…

5. I can ride a unicycle.

Now, who can I annoy in turn? Julian, Caroline, Auds, Finbarr, Sophia

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Preparing for 2007

Closed for season  It’s always a nice feeling when we close the shops for the season, and this year we kept Dingle open much longer than we ever have, mirroring our shop in in Killarney, which stayed open last year until the end of December. Both shops will be closed for one month. It allows our staff to catch up on vacation time, although a few of us are still around in production to make the ice cream to distribute to shops and restaurants. Still, even there it will be quiet.

For our shops, we have a little window of opportunity to paint, prepare, and see what we can do to improve things in 2007. It’s not much time, really, and it always goes quickly. It’s nice to look ahead to a year full of promise and fill the head with dreams of ice cream…

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Kieran Murphy is a director of Murphys Ice Cream living in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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Murphys Ice Cream has shops in Dingle, Killarney and Dublin 2 (Wicklow Street).

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