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May 2015

Cooperating to Survive

In contrast to today, the tea market was very fragmented in Ireland. In the 1950s there were 45 tea companies operating in Ireland however English companies such as Lyons, Twinings & PG were beginning to dominate. To ensure the survival of the Irish business Baker Wardell acquired a number of these smaller companies such as […]

The Tea Business Wardells

Baker Wardell was founded as a family firm by John Wardell in the Liberties toward the end of the 1700s. It’s main business was importing & blending tea. John Wardell was a Quaker by birth, but he was forced to abandon his religion for owning a racehorse, albeit under an assumed name, as this was […]

The Emergency

Robert Roberts survived through many tough times in Ireland. The Economic War and Emergency were particularly challenging. It became very difficult to obtain tea & coffee through the normal UK channels and so many of the Irish merchants worked together & imported directly via Portugal. During the Emergency, as petrol was rationed, Robert Roberts once […]

April 1930

The Famous Cafes

E Gaynor set up a café in Suffolk street and a bakery & warehouse in South King street. The business was very successful. At that time, the area around Suffolk St. was the financial centre of Dublin and the smoking room downstairs was always a great place for the exchange of information. E Gaynor […]

March 1930

Robert Roberts Our Story

 

Robert Roberts today is the legacy of two great Irish families – the Goodbodys and the Wardells.

Robert Roberts in Ireland was established by E. Gaynor Goodbody. Although, E. Gaynor was born in England, his family were Quakers from Tullamore. At a young age, he was apprenticed to Robert Roberts, the Quaker cafe and restaurant owners […]