Sunday 25 March 2018

Ice-cream sellers cool under pressure

Valerie Loftus

ICE-cream makers are starting work at 4:30am to keep up with demand due to the record-breaking temperatures.

Staff at the Maud's Ice Cream factory are working from 4:30am to 7pm to meet the needs of their 230 stockists across Ireland.

"Every vehicle and driver we have is out," said owner David Wilson.

Maud's has sold 24 tonnes of ice cream since the good weather began and will be putting out a further 45 tonnes this week, breaking company records held for 20 years.

"We wouldn't want it to be like this all the time," said David.

However, he said Maud's was fully prepared for the good weather, with freezers packed in advance for the possibility of a heatwave.

"We are selling ice-cream faster than we can make it," he said. "But supplies should last for the moment."

Murphy's Ice Cream also prepared in advance, hiring 20 extra staff for the summer months. "We're running around like mad men, but it's very exciting. I love it," said co-owner Kieran Murphy. "It's all hands to the pump."

Murphy's operates three ice-cream parlours in Dublin, Killarney, and its home base in Dingle.

Garry Berrigan, manager of Murphy's Ice Cream parlour in Killarney, told the Irish Independent that he enjoys the pressure.

"It's much more stressful when it's cold and raining. That's when it's difficult. Four or five months of this every year would be a dream," he said.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann's Eoin Sherlock said the temperatures were predicted to cool off from tomorrow.

"On Saturday, Connacht and Ulster will have fresher weather, with top temperatures of 17 degrees. The east coast will remain in the lower 20s," he said.

However, we shouldn't expect a turn for the worst just yet, as the temperature is set to stay in the low 20s throughout next week. Which is music to the ears of ice-cream sellers.

Irish Independent

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