Why you have to visit Murphy's Ice Cream in Dingle, Killarney, Dublin, and Galway.
Sean and Kieran Murphy stumbled upon the idea of making ice cream 20 years ago and a half million ice cream connoisseurs will be enjoying their sweet success this year.
That's right, Murphy's Ice Cream will sell a half-million scoops of their delicious delights this year.
“My background is in music and in sales,” Sean Murphy tells me as we chat at ground zero for Murphy’s Ice Cream in the tiny town of Dingle.
“When we moved to Dingle we saw immediately that Ireland has the best milk and cream and eggs and it should by all account also have the very best Ice Cream. So we set out to make it ourselves.”
He views the business as orchestrating success. And he sees the patrons as important as every employee he has. It all has to work to make the ice cream what it is, he tells me. But it also needs to be exactly what the customers want and will buy, to be a success. All those elements need to be considered and included.
You can’t miss Murphy’s Ice Cream; the shops are all bright blue. You can find them in Dingle, Killarney, Dublin, and Galway, but all the ice cream is made in Dingle. And flavors are noteworthy and an ever-evolving process.
“We are always on the look-out for new flavors and every employee offer suggestions,” Sean Murphy says. “And there is a story behind every one of them.”
Brown Bread is a popular one. They make and toast the Irish Brown Bread and mix it all together. Dingle Salt is a winner. Kieran Murphy wanted to make a flavor that reminded him of summer. To him, that included the residual salt on your lips after swimming in the sea. So they collect seawater in Dingle, boil it down, purify it, use in their Sea Salt Ice Cream and it is quite the hit.
They have Christmas Pudding, Sticky Toffee Pudding and even Dingle Gin. They use fresh strawberries, elderberries, and raspberries. And every employee can tell you which flavors complement each other in the shops and they are happy to advise you with your choices.
Some day it could also be available in the shops, but for now, they like the direct contact with customers, seeing the joy, understanding flavors that haven’t worked, like smoked salmon, minted pea and blue cheese. But they aren’t afraid to consider unusual flavors and try them. So if you see Murphy’s Ice Cream shop on your travels, treat yourself. It’s a flavorful adventure, every time.
You can hear Sean Murphy explain his connection between music and ice cream in Episode #34 of Erin’s Isle. Just click on this link: https://erin-breen-psxx.squarespace.com/config/pages/57926e8df7e0ab615a81463c
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