Ronan and Donard McGreevy. Photograph: Brian Cross

... McGreevy’s in Westport, Co Mayo, which impressed the lickeratti and ran a great campaign

Fitzpatrick’s in Glounthaune, Co Cork

At Fitzpatrick’s in Glounthaune, Co Cork, you will find what many consider to be the best 99 in the Rebel County

Matthew and Daniel Courtney, Lucinda Clancy and Kevin Courtney at Spendlove in Greystones, Co Wicklow

After your Bray cliff walk to Greystones, stop in at Spendlove ice-cream parlour on the marina

From left, Leonard Cohen working on the Greek island of Hydra; performing in Melbourne last year; and at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970. Photographs: from the book ‘So Long Marianne: A Love Story’; Graham Denholm/Wireimage; Tony Russell/Redferns

Cohen turns 80 soon, and the shelves will be heaving with newly published books about the poet of pop, which take in everything fr(...)

Storm in a Teacup in Skerries. Photograph: Kieran Lane via Flickr

Ferrero Rocher is the key to Storm in a Teacup’s success

‘A lot of people would tell you that we’re the place to come for 99s,’ says John Lynch

The Co Cavan town depends on visitors, and Lynch’s newsagent is using the right bait

Ronan and Donard McGreevy. Photograph: Brian Cross

McGreevy’s in Westport has three steps to ice-cream heaven

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Goverment was quite willing to assist with the Garth Brooks gigs impasse insofar as it could.

Taoiseach says people from his department have been in touch with ‘those involved’

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