Sweet taste of success with High Nelly ice cream bikes

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Marty Mannering gives out free cones from one of his High Nelly ice-cream bikes [Picture: Michael Cowhey]
A RESTORED High Nelly ice cream bike whipped up excitement at Cappamore Day-Care Centre with free cones all round.

A RESTORED High Nelly ice cream bike whipped up excitement at Cappamore Day-Care Centre with free cones all round.

Seeing a High Nelly bike was a pleasant sight for the service users as many would remember them from their youth.

Combine that with a free ice-cream on a sunny day and it was a marriage made in heaven. Indeed, the company behind the plan have linked up with the Woodlands House Hotel to supply the ice cream bikes at weddings.

The novel idea is the latest from the High Nelly bike company based in Eyon, Cappamore.

In 2010, they came up with the first electric High Nelly which combined modern techniques with the old style bike that continues to bring a smile to faces.

Paul Mannering said his dad, Marty, came up with the idea to build a fleet of the ice-cream tricycles from their stock of old rusted 1920 High Nelly bikes in the workshop.

“The idea has snowballed with requests coming in from wedding planners for venues such as Dromoland Castle who want that something different and unique for their clients.

“Obviously we can’t comment on who but we have had requests made on behalf of some very well known couples to be.

“We look forward to being of service and flying the flag for Limerick,” said Paul.

They decided to test out their brand of ice-cream at the nearby day-care centre.

From Monday to Friday ladies and gentleman from Cappamore and surrounding parishes visit the centre to meet their friends, have a chat and avail of the range of services.

Cappamore Day-Care Centre manager, Liz Grant, had seen the ice cream bikes being built and wanted to give her clients a treat.

“Marty came in dressed in 1920s style clothes and gave everyone in the centre ice creams.

“He rode his ice cream tricycle through the doors of the centre straight into the dining room to everyone’s surprise! It was great fun,” said Ms Grant, who has continued on the excellent work of her predecessor, Sr Mercy O’Dea.

“All our visitors love the centre and would be lost without it.

“The great work the staff do is a credit to them all. Marty and his mother-in-law, Eileen Leonard, would play music and entertain on regular occasions in the centre and we are delighted to support Marty and Paul with their unique service,” said Ms Grant.

The High Nelly bike company now exports to twelve countries across the world - as far away as Russia.

They refurbish three bikes a week, often in terrible states, back to museum condition. Six ice cream tricycles were built to cater for demand.

After being rejected by Dragons Den three years ago the company have grown from strength to strength.

“Being first is important and exciting but you have to work hard and have the enthusiasm to keep going when things at first are not really profitable,” says Paul.