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Staffing Shortage in Dingle

Help wanted 

It often is hard to find good staff in Dingle, but this year things are verging on the ridiculous. Our shop manager, Russell, is leaving us, and we’re going into the season short four people in our Dingle shop. We have ads in and notices up, and we are getting very few replies indeed.

Staff shortages are a Dingle phenomenon, at least when it comes to the service industry, and the situation has become more difficult in recent times. We have loads of interest every time we hire in Killarney, but take a walk through Dingle, and you will see a parade of help-wanted signs in shop and restaurant windows. If it wasn’t for the influx of foreign nationals, I think Dingle would have to shut down.

What to do? It’s always been possible to pick up a few college students, but that doesn’t help much come October, when we still need staff and students are back in school. We need a core of permanent employees.

It would seem that people like myself and my brother, who think that living in Dingle and working in an ice cream shop is about as cool as it gets, are very rare indeed…

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11 Responses to “Staffing Shortage in Dingle”

  1. May 27th, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    keith bohanna says:

    In another life and different set of circumstances I would love to work there. And start a campaign to veganise ye all :-)

    Sorry to hear this Kieran – it is a problem for a lot of small businesses in Kilkenny as well.


  2. May 27th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Laura says:

    My little one would move there in a second and think I was the most amazing mom in the world if I worked in Murphy’s (believe me she suggests it every time we go there). If only Dingle wasn’t nearly 100 miles from her school…
    I saw all the staff notices up at Easter, hope the situation resolves itself soon.

  3. May 28th, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Cian says:

    Id be back in a second if I wasnt stuck on work placement!! The best job, in the best place in Ireland to be for the summer! Ill miss the buzz and the craic!
    I hope you get sorted!

  4. May 28th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Deborah says:

    I’ll come and work for ice-cream! Would have to bring the toddlers too though… ;-)

  5. May 28th, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Kieran says:

    Thanks everyone! Cian, we’d have you back in an instant!

  6. May 28th, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    Lorraine@italianfoodies says:

    We have the same problem, all the Italians go to the other cities, very few come to Limerick!We have no Italian staff so we really have to train from scratch!!

  7. June 8th, 2007 at 4:50 am

    Brenda says:

    I’ll certainly remember this if I ever decide to run away from home! The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and Dingle itself just oozes charm (and great food–to include your ice cream!) None of use wanted to leave…

    So sorry we missed you, Kieran, when we stopped by your shop–but your ice cream was lovely!

    –Brenda :)

  8. May 9th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Richard says:

    i come work for u in the summer if your lookin for staff i can send on my cv if your interested slan

  9. May 9th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Kieran says:

    Send a cv by all means!

  10. May 16th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    megan murphy says:

    a question. i stumbled upon this site while looking for job postings….i currently live in new york but am looking to move towards you around july…do you all do much hiring?
    i am the manager of a coffee shop / cafe. i opened and ran another cafe as well… i am a trained barista and will be looking for a job…hm would be lovely….

  11. May 16th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    megan murphy says:

    p.s…..i enjoyed your shop very much when i was there 3 years ago….in dingle…

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