St. Killian’s Candle Company, a Tipperary-based provider of religious candles, debuted its new smokeless candle in the US on St Patrick’s Day. The first US order for the green-friendly product was placed by New York’s venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The institution selected St. Killian’s products as a cleaner, safer and more cost-effective alternative to the older-generation candles currently used by churches across the US. The order was secured with assistance from Enterprise Ireland’s New York office.
The order was celebrated after St Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Attendees included Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Trade and Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore along with executives from St. Killian’s Candle Company and the Most Rev. Archbishop Dolan of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
“It is fitting for us to mark our US debut on St. Patrick’s Day with an order from St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said St. Killians’ CEO, Michael Barrett. “We’re honored to count St. Patrick’s Cathedral as our first US customer. They have stringent performance, environmental, aesthetic and safety standards for their candles. We’re glad that our products meet their requirements.”
According to the Very Rev. Mgr. Robert T. Richie at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, “We’re pleased to source these candles from St. Killian’s Candle Company - a dedicated supplier of church candles. Beyond high quality and affordability, St. Killian’s smokeless products are helping us meet our environmental priorities.”
Enterprise Ireland’s Chairman, Hugh Cooney also commented, “St. Killian’s Candle Company typifies the ambitious enterprises emerging in Ireland today. They’re making high-quality, innovative products and exporting to high-growth markets. Few companies, however, enter a new market with a marquee first customer. We congratulate St. Killian’s for this big win and we wish them luck as they expand their US market presence.”
St. Killian’s is well positioned to serve St. Patrick’s and other US customers. Founded in 2008, the company is already serving churches in ten European countries. It recently established an office in Syracuse, NY and sealed relationships with three US distributors to support and grow its US presence.