THE CLOUDS have descended, but publicans and retailers will be hoping for a return to soaring temperatures to boost sales.
As temperatures reached 26 degrees in the city over the weekend, shop-keepers were in a sweat to keep ice-cream machines full for customers looking to cool down.
Adare Farm, which has been making ice-cream since 2006, said the past week was their busiest on record.
Tommy Relihan, owner of the family run business which supplies hundreds of flavours of home-made luxury ice-cream, said they were severely “under pressure” to keep enough ice-cream in stock.
“Last weekend would have been the busiest few days we had since 2006. It was a record weekend. We hadn’t sold much ice-cream since September, so when this weather comes again we need to be ready for it,” he told the Leader.
Honey-comb and vanilla account for their two most popular flavours, the former being an award-winning ice-cream. The company is also seeing a big trade in being requested to supply ice-cream to wedding guests after the church ceremony,
The brand, which has a number of stockists in the city and county, sells ice-cream to take away in the Milk Market, while their old fashioned ice-cream cart in Adare has proved a major hit with tourists over the past week in the heritage centre.
Shane Gleeson of the Spar shop at the corner of Catherine Street and Glentworth Street said overall sales across the store go up substantially when the sun shines. While sales of hot food go down, takings for ice-cream and cold salads more than offset the decline in hot chicken rolls. “Since last Thursday we couldn’t keep our ice-cream machine filled. We sold the equivalent of six months’ worth of ice-cream in four days, so we’re very sorry to see the back of the sun. It brings an awful lot more people on to the street – every table on the streets of the city was full,” he said.