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Celebrating 45 Years

Award winning dealership J.J. Burke Car Sales are this month celebrating 45 years with a birthday party on Thursday 21st March from 6pm to 9pm in their state of the art Ballinrobe property. The party will host special performances from X Factor Brendan Murray who is also a brand ambassador for J.J. Burke Car Sales along with Multi-platinum award winning band Keywest.

John Joe and Helena Burke saw an opportunity to set up a garage of their own in 1974 on Abbey Street, they listened to their entrepreneurial spirit opening a thriving business fixing tractors and cars. They then bought a 2.5-acre site on the Claremorris Road in 1984 building a new garage housing a one car showroom, offices and a workshop. The doors of the new J.J. Burke Car Sales opened in 1985 coincidentally the same day as Knock airport opened. Both determined to run a customer focused company their dream has gone from strength to strength where they can now look upon their bustling enterprise that still has customer service as it cores value. Joseph Burke, dealer principal said; “It is really hard to believe we are celebrating 45 years. When Dad opened his first garage on Abbey Street, he never thought it would amount to what we are delighted to have today. I started working with Dad in 1999 and am proud to be now running the business with my sisters Karen and Pauline. Of course, Mam and Dad are still here when we need them for support and advice.”

John Joe Burke said; “When myself and Helena decided to open the garage all those years ago we knew we had started something special. We bought the Claremorris Road site in 1984 and from there we took on the Austin Rover franchise in 1986 followed by Peugeot in 1987 and then Isuzu in 1998. We were becoming one of the biggest dealerships in Mayo. With all this growth we had to extend the garage and in 2001 we expanded to a five-car showroom, six bay workshop and a state-of-the-art body shop. Demand for variety was increasing so became the franchise partnership with Subaru in 2008. Then finally the appointment of Renault and Dacia dealers in 2013 making it the success it is today.”

The garage has had many aesthetic changes over the years and in 2014 the showroom extended to a stunning fourteen car showroom with further developments coming for a ten-bay workshop and three bay valeting area and wash bay making J.J. Burke Car Sales one of the largest new and used car dealerships in the West of Ireland.

“We have gone through tough times over the years however we are still here down solely to the hard work of our staff and to our loyal customers supporting us over the years.” John Joe continued; “I am a proud man when I walk through these doors to see my three children now at the helm. Michael Shaughnessy with us 34 years is one man that has been through thick and thin with us and I am delighted he is here to celebrate the 45 years. He was the recipient of Technician of the Year award last year. Next to Mike is Gerry Donnelly, he is with us 17 years as our General Manager and Financial Controller, another credit to the business as are all our staff.”

The business is family run with John Joe and Helena’s three adult children now directors of the business as well as working tirelessly daily to ensure the business is ran to an exceptional standard today as has done for many years before. Helena said; “Joseph, Pauline and Karen eat, sleep and breathe the business. They are always on the other end of the phone, whether it is a Monday or a Sunday, day or night. They work really close with all the staff who I am most grateful for as they are really the backbone of the business.” Pauline said; “We have always been dedicated to bring affordability and reliability to our customers over the past 45 years and this has stood to us. Our staff work so hard to ensure that every customer is looked after, and this is key to offering a high level of customer service.” Karen added “We would like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way, all our staff past and present, and of course our loyal customers.  All of you are what makes this family business great. We invite everyone to join us on Thursday the 21st of March from 6pm to 9pm helping us kick off our party weekend with music from X Factor's Brendan Murray and the award-winning multi-platinum artists, Keywest. This is not just about the JJ Burke team but about the community who has gotten us here.”

JJ Burke Car Sales will celebrate their 45th birthday on Thursday 21st March which will be followed by a weekend of promotions on all their new and used cars throughout the dealership. Make sure to pop in over the weekend to grab yourself a deal on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March or simply to enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

JJ Burke Car Sales Ltd are the West of Ireland’s most respected leading new/used car dealership delivering excellence in Customer Service and after care provided by an exceptional team supporting each other.

For more information on the birthday celebrations contact JJ Burke Car Sales, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo 094 95 02000 or info@jjburkecarsales.com.