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John G Rathborne established his candle company in Dublin in 1488 in times when all of life’s rituals were done by the soft glow of candlelight. And this makes it the oldest candle company in the world. From the 1630s Rathbornes supplied Dublin with candlelight for its streets and lighthouses, creating a safer city for its residents and visiting merchants. Their years lasting knowledge includes developing new formulations of wax, moving from animal tallow to develop a special blend of beeswax and stearin during the industrial revolution. On the other hand, though, the company remained loyal to its traditional methods of craftsmanship, still hand-pouring their candles today.

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