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Valentia Island ice-cream makers Caroline and Joe Daly with their sons Philip, Evan and Matthew

Valentia Island ice-cream makers Caroline and Joe Daly with their sons Philip, Evan and Matthew

Valentia Island ice-cream makers Caroline and Joe Daly with their sons Philip, Evan and Matthew

In 2006, husband and wife, Joe and Caroline Daly started to explore different methods of bringing added value to their third-generation dairy farm on Valentia Island. "There was nobody else making ice cream in south Kerry at the time, and ice cream is a lovely commodity. Ice cream, as opposed to cheese, has a quick production rate, so that's why we went in that direction," says Caroline, who is also primary school teacher.

"We set about finding out how it was done, opened a little shop just in time for a heatwave that year - and tourists came flocking."


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