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Sunday 23 October 2016

Murphy's Ice-Cream scoops €136k profit

Gordon Deegan

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

UTV Ireland weather presenter Jenny Buckley tries a Murphy’s ice-cream last summer
UTV Ireland weather presenter Jenny Buckley tries a Murphy’s ice-cream last summer

Revenues jumped by 20pc at gourmet ice-cream maker and retailer, Murphy's Ice-Cream last year after the business expanded to open a second outlet in Dingle, Co Kerry.

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Established in 2000, the independent handmade ice-cream maker now operates four outlets - two in Dingle, one in Killarney and one on Dublin's Wicklow Street.

The business had operated a store in Dublin's Temple Bar but shut it due to attacks on staff.

Business co-founder Kieran Murphy yesterday appeared to rule out the firm making a comeback in Temple Bar.

"It's unlikely," he said. "Temple Bar is too unpredictable and our staff didn't feel safe there."

Mr Murphy was commenting on accounts that show that combined retained profits for two Murphy's Ice-Cream firms totalled €136,491 in 2014. The business paid out more than €570,000 in wages in 2014.

Mr Murphy said that the business enjoyed similar profits in 2015 to 2014.

The ice-cream business is facing large increase in costs this year with the global price of vanilla soaring. "Vanilla has more than doubled. It's quite a hit - we use a small amount in all ice cream flavours and a good bit in a few - but we will swallow it this year," Mr Murphy said

Celebrities have been known to enjoy the business's much sought after ice-creams, but Mr Murphy was remaining tight-lipped about their identities.

He quipped: "We certainly have a good few, but we don't scoop and tell!" Employing 24, Mr Murphy said the "Dublin shop is the busiest, but it's also the most expensive to run".

Irish Independent

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