Ice-cream salesmen warned to cool off until after Easter break

February 15, 2023

Two rival ice-cream salesmen have been given until after the Easter break to see if they ‘cool off’ and behave. 

Businessmen Jim Chambers, aged 62 and Stephen Cole, aged 40, appeared at Falcarragh District Court.

The pair are accused of a series of incidents after they set up on the same beachside selling pitch.

It followed a number of alleged incidents between the pair who were operating ice-cream vans in the seaside town of Rathmullan.

Both men face a charge of breach of the peace at Rathmullan Beach on July 19th, 2019.

The pair had appeared in court previously and the case was adjourned to see if the men behaved themselves.

However, Garda Inspector Seamus McGonigle said he wanted to see if the men behaved themselves over the Easter period.

He had previously told the court that “once the sun shines, the problems arise.”

No details of the specific incidents between the ice-cream van owners were given in court.

However, Inspector McGonigle said the rows between the two parties was taking up a lot of Garda time.

He had warned that unless something is done he feared the incidents between the men will “escalate.”

Barrister for Chambers from The Glebe, Letterkenny, Mr Peter Nolan, suggested last February that the cases could be adjourned for a year to see if peace could break out.

He said that both men had to live together if they’re in the same business and described the incidents as ‘tit-for-tat.’

Solicitor for Cole of Trentabuoy, Drumkeen, said his client wanted to live in harmony and while he was agreeable to an adjournment he wanted any misconduct to be taken into account.

Appearing in court again, Inspector McGonigle said there had been incidents between the men since last year and that he wanted the case adjourned until Easter to see how the matters fared.

Judge Eiteain Cunningham adjourned the case and all matters until May 17th saying she was anxious to have the men’s behaviour monitored.