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End of an era for popular Co Armagh ice-cream parlour

There was a sense of shock following the announcement that one of Co Armagh’s – and indeed Northern Ireland’s – ice cream parlours is to be no more.

Cafolla’s of Carnegie Street in Lurgan has been a mainstay of the town since the early 1930s.

But it seems – like most good things – it has come to an end.

With owner Joseph Cafolla struggling with his health, his daughter Lisa, speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, said it is time to call it a day.

And it all started with an ice-cream cart back in the day.

“My great grandparents started up the ice-cream business with just an ice-cream cart,” said Maria.

“And my daddy worked here since he was a young boy.”

Maria and her sister Lisa have also been working in the shop for more than 30 years.

She explained: “We were here when the town was bombed during the Troubles. Our shop was damaged, but we came back and built the business up again.”

Local MLA Dolores Kelly said: “I am so sad to see it close. I have so many happy memories of a day out at Cafolla’s. It’s a great loss to the town.”

The shop is set to close its doors for the final time in two weeks.

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