In 2001 the opportunity arose for Mark and myself to purchase the site in Crosshaven, a permanent spot for the funfair, in hopes of providing memories for many years to come.
18 years later we are now living on Camden Road with our three daughters and two dogs! All three girls have taken a huge interest in the business, with our eldest Hollie currently completing a masters in Marketing in UCC which we hope will we be a huge asset to the company!
Phoebe and Darcy stock and staff our ice cream shop, and input hugely to the day-to-day running of the business. It gives us huge pride to see them getting so involved! The last two years have been particularly difficult, the bad weather led to the loss of our bumpers cars. Luckily we were able to replace them but with insurance costs now doubling, we fear that this year could be a bit of a struggle. However, we truly believe that we have the most supportive customers, having generations passed through. We see the same families coming to us year in and year out and that is one of the great pleasures of this job. We are hopeful and look forward to many more years at Pipers!
When we have the chance to recharge our batteries we love taking road trips around Ireland, particularly to Kerry, to indulge in the scenery and just spend time together relaxing! Most recently we took a trip down to the Beara Peninsula to have a go on the cable car to Dursey Island. It was terrifying being able to look down through the cracks in the wood on the floor and see the rough sea below, but it definitely gave us a rush of adrenaline to say the least! We also like taking family trips down to Kinsale for the day and treating our girls to lunch after a nice walk.
Family and friends are hugely important to us and there is nothing we like more than spending time with them. The perks of working in a family business is that you get to work with the people closest to you on a daily basis so it’s great having our daughters, nieces and nephews working with us every weekend and throughout the summer. Catching up with friends is something that has to be left to the weekdays or a Friday night due to our busy schedule!
The two of us love going to the cinema whenever we can. Usually there is some sort of debate of whether it’s going to be an action film or a chick flick!
I have to say I do like a bit of both! I love having a full house of my daughters friends and over feeding them with homemade brownies and a pot of tea but there’s nothing better than switching off and being treated!
We are absolutely spoilt for choice with good food in Cork, and some of our favourite spots would be the Bosun, Poachers, Café Paradiso and our very own Bunnyconnellans right here in Myrtleville. I recently celebrated my birthday in Bunny’s and have to say that the food and service was fantastic as always, I cannot recommend taking a trip down there enough. The veg parcel is a personal favourite!
Saturday nights definitely come around too fast! We wouldn’t get in from working in the Merries until fairly late so it’s usually a takeaway and nice glass of wine.
On a Monday morning our alarm clock goes off at 7.30am. It’s the start of another school week in our house. Our youngest daughter is in her teens now and in Transition Year so Mark is usually up making pancakes to lure her out of bed!