The Little Museum of Dublin was a fitting location for the T Bourke 50th anniversary gathering recently as much of what is charted there, in terms of the history of the city, is mirrored in that of the T Bourke story. When Ted Bourke established the business in 1968 his focus was the immediate future, not half a century ahead.

However, now that that day has arrived, it is a shame that his recent untimely death denied him the chance to celebrate this auspicious milestone. However, sons David and Niall, fellow directors and staff – and a vast gathering of industry friends and colleagues – marked the occasion in style.

Ted’s dedication to the business was all-consuming. He was undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with, and even a hard taskmaster. That said, trading partners and staff alike vouch for his sense of honesty and fair play. His sense of integrity was fundamental to the entire operation and this core philosophy still lies at the heart of the T Bourke business today.

While the mood of the evening in the Little Museum of Dublin was reflective, the core message was not one of a journey’s end but rather a new beginning. This 50-year landmark is seen as the foundation
upon which T Bourke’s growth and development over the next half-century will be built.