Saturday 24 June 2017

Ireland's oldest ice-cream man is honoured with special award

John Taylor, aka Mr Ripple, accepts his HB award. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
John Taylor, aka Mr Ripple, accepts his HB award. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Local Ice Cream Legend Scoops Lifetime Achievement Award from HB. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland's oldest ice-cream man has received a special award for his "dedication to ice cream".

John Taylor, aka Mr Ripple, is in charge of the ice-cream route through Dublin's southside neighbourhoods of Sandyford, Stepaside, Rathfarnham and Dundrum.

His blue and white Austin van is a familiar and comforting sight to people on his rounds.

Mr Taylor will celebrate his 50th anniversary next April.

Local Ice Cream Legend Scoops Lifetime Achievement Award from HB. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Local Ice Cream Legend Scoops Lifetime Achievement Award from HB. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

He moved to Ireland from Wales, where he worked in the mines.

This week, HB surprised the 75 year old with a ‘lifetime achievement award’ for his dedication.

Mr Taylor was featured in a short documentary earlier in this year called Mr Ripple.

In it he spoke about the changing nature of his job: "One time you’d have loads of children waiting for you. They’d know when you were coming and they’d be sitting out on the street waiting for you but it’s not like that now. They have all the ice-cream they want in supermarkets."

He also revealed that you're never too old for ice-cream.

"Everyone asks me how I’m so young looking and that I haven’t changed a bit in years. I just say that I always looked this old or it’s all the ice-cream I’m eating that keeps me looking young."

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