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No 99s at Bettystown Beach for first time in 40 years

By Sarah Finnan

July 16, 2020 at 11:59am

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Smith's Ice Cream, a well-known mobile ice cream van down in Co Meath has asked for local support after it was revealed that they would not be allowed to set up shop on Bettystown Beach for the first time in 40 years.

A popular fixture in the local community, anyone will tell you that the highlight of every beach trip is a 99 from Smith's. Whether you take yours with flake, sprinkles or dripping in chocolate sauce, there's little that compares to an ice-cream cone on a sunny day... even if those sunny days are few and far between.

Revealing that they will not be allowed to sell ice-cream at Bettystown Beach for the first time in 40 years, the decision comes due to concerns from the council over social distancing.

Calling out to "bring back ice cream to Bettystown Beach", owners have even started a petition to garner public support on the matter - already having racked up over 80 signatures. A post on the website reads:

"Smith's Ice Cream has been selling ice cream on Bettystown Beach for over 40 years. We are a mainstay of your visit to the beach. Sun, sand, sea and ice cream go hand in hand! That is no longer the case.

Meath County Council has banned all traders from Bettystown Beach this summer! So now you can't have a 99 while sunbathing on the beach, killjoys!  Please help us get this decision overturned. I mean you can sit in a restaurant and have a meal, go to the supermarket to do your shopping but now you can't buy an ice cream from a trader on Bettystown Beach, that doesn't make sense."

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