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Grab it if you can – ice cream in Istanbul

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This video makes me want to immediately catch a flight to Istanbul to eat Maras Dondurmasi (Turkish ice cream) and it makes me wonder – is it always to difficult to get yourself an ice cream ?

What do you think? Is this good craic? Are we a bit boring in the way we serve our ice cream?

The Messy Art of Eating Yogurt

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I think I enjoy eating, but with little Róisín, no matter what she says, it’s a whole other level of pleasure…

Áine, Photographer

My niece, Áine, is in Ireland, and she has brought with her a seriously old-fashioned, fully manual camera, a 1978 Exa 1, which were manufactured in Dresden. She’s shooting black and white film, and in the age of digital images, her photos do capture a mood that I miss. Below are: 1. Áine in the Dingle shop 2. Ailish 3. Claire making coffee 4. My nephew Ryan with my mother in the background. I think she’s showing talent!

Photos courtesy of Áine Goodman.

Wonderful, Fun Holiday

YouTube Preview Image One of the nicest things about having a shop is that a day is often full of surprises, since you never really know who will walk in the door. This video shows the day’s best surprise – a family who had a song about their West Kerry holiday, and their little boy performed the song for me, since it featured our ice cream and waffles in our seasonal Tig Aine shop.

I’m still smiling…

A Little Digression – Joys of Parenting

Yesterday, I took a day off, and since my partner had to take photos for the Dingle Film Festival, I had even more time than usual with Róisín. I know it’s been said before, but there is such an awful amount one can learn from a 10 month baby. She has just started to really notice her surroundings, pointing out things of interest, and it’s hard not to be swept up in the wonder of the most mundane objects (see video below).

With food as well, there is such a sense of joy, playing and exploration. Her encounter with a chocolate-covered biscuit (photo above) was quite amazing (although her mother wasn’t impressed), and of course everything, including sticks from the garden (photo right), end up in her mouth.

I think that keeping that sense of newness is always important in businesses as well as life, and even though sleep has been a bit of a challenge, I really have found having a baby has helped in so many ways with work.

Understanding the preciousness of life, responsibility, caring, joy, wonder, love – these are all things I try to carry into my days making and selling ice cream.

Work has its stresses, the news all around us can be depressing, but thanks to Róisín, there is now not a day that passes when I don’t give thanks for what I have.

She truly is precious.

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Wren’s Day, 2009

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Here’s a video of Wren’s Day in Dingle, yesterday…

I Hate Carrots

YouTube Preview Image It’s amazing how babies know what tastes good to them from such an early age. Róisín likes banana, apple, pear, avocado, broccoli, and of course the cereals we’ve been feeding her. This was a surprise though – she hates carrot!

Hands Off My Sundae!

 The other day, I was taking photos of sundaes in the shop, and I’m quite proud of the one above. Then, Róisín arrived with her mother, and things got messy quickly.

I think the following series tells the story:

It must be said that Róisín didn’t have any interest in eating it, but never underestimate how much fun it is to stick your fingers in 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

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

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