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‘The Big Defender’ – is this Ireland’s largest 99 ice-cream?

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The 'Big Defender' with Tina Power and Niamh Colgan (wearing the Ratoath GAA jersey) All proceeds from the Big Defender go straight back to the club

The 'Big Defender' with Tina Power and Niamh Colgan (wearing the Ratoath GAA jersey) All proceeds from the Big Defender go straight back to the club

The 'Big Defender' with Tina Power and Niamh Colgan (wearing the Ratoath GAA jersey) All proceeds from the Big Defender go straight back to the club

GAA club volunteers believe they have whipped the title of both the biggest and best value ice-cream cone in Ireland.

The volunteers at the Ratoath GAA Coffee Dock at the Sean Eiffe Park in Co. Meath say they aren't flaking the fact of the monstrous ten inch cone with two flakes for €3 - which all goes to club funds.

The club has proved competitive off the field as well as on after the volunteers decided they could rival the 'Big Boy' cone at Curran's Service Station, outside Dunshaughlin which has been ice-creaming media headlines all week.

"It's all a bit of craic and all for the club," explained Tina Power who helps to run the recently opened Coffee Dock.

"The girls and I just decided for the fun that we could do a better and bigger cone and so after a few failed attempts, we finally whipped it into shape and we had a great craic trying," she laughed.

"Our cones are €2 anyway but if anyone wants a Big Defender, they can have one for just a euro extra.

"We had a summer camp here all week with over a hundred children so we did it for a bit craic for them too and they loved it.

"We opened the Coffee Dock a few months ago. We repurposed a 20ft container and the mothers all painted and decorated it and club members donated their time and supplies to kit it out.

"All proceeds from the Coffee Dock goes straight back into this club and it's manned purely by volunteers.

Tina is mum to former Meath football player Brian Power who has already been sent pictures of the "Big Defender" to his home in New York.

"It's getting a big reaction in New York, alright. Sure they love everything extra big over there!

"As I said it's a bit of fun for everyone and we won't need Hawk Eye to spot this cone!"

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