St Killian’s Candle Company, Cahir, Win US Contract


New York’s venerable St Patrick’s Cathedral has placed orders with a Tipperary manufacturer for religious candles.

St Killian’s Candle Company has won a lucrative deal with the assistance of Enterprise Ireland. The order is for the company’s new smokeless candles which are seen as a cleaner, safer and a more cost-effective alternative to the traditional candles used in churches.

Owner and Director Michael Murphy (trading as Murphy Candles Ltd), has distributed conventional candle systems and candles from his warehouse in Cahir, Co. Tipperary for nearly 20 years. He has a close business relationship and friendship with his co-owner and joint Managing Director Michael Barrett,  latter owner of The Candle Store in Connemara, Co. Galway for over 10 years.

The partnership have developed the unique St Killian’s candle system to provide a safer, cleaner, environmentally friendly system for Cathedrals, Churches and Holy Shrines.

Traditionally, candles are placed in holders before and during use, whilst the candle is burning. These conventional systems are prone to a lack of safety, waste and environmental issues and are one of the biggest causes of fires in churches.

Through their global industry network and wide range of contacts, the inventors identified the absence of a safe, clean, environmentally friendly way to use candles and set out to develop a system to fill this need.

The Company presently supply to many Cathedrals and Churches around the world including Galway Cathedral here in Ireland, and Pisa Cathedral in Italy.


1 comment to St Killian’s Candle Company, Cahir, Win US Contract

  • The best of luck to St Killian’s Candle Company.
    It’s great to see an Irish company getting on well.
    Didn’t know the company existed until I saw it in Thurles Information

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