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Cogans of carrigaline celebrates 75 years in business

Thursday, 23rd June, 2011 9:00am

Cork's business community was out in force on Thursday, 16 June, in celebration of 75 years in business, for Cogan's Toyota dealership in Carrigaline, Co. Cork. To mark the occasion, the directors of Cogan's held a celebratory reception in their showrooms where James Cogan and son Rob welcomed leader in business, Dragons Den star, and now presidential candidate, Sean Gallagher to address guests. Sean spoke of the need for local businesses to rally together to support each other in these challenging times and he commended the Cogans on their long standing reputation for their high standards, excellent work ethic and loyal custom in Cork. James Cogan's father, Bobby Cogan set up his first premises in 1936, after completing eight years in Cross' Garage South Mall. He then went on to build his first garage on Main Street in 1940 but WW2 broke out the preceding September and people said he was mad to go ahead with this project. However he had an indomitable belief in himself and his abilities. Bobby Cogan's glass was always half full, a philosophy carried on by his son and grandson today. He identified many business opportunities throughout his life, including the purchase of a funeral  undertaking business,  developing his hobby of taking 8mm and 16mm  movies of local events, eventually branching into his own cinema - Oakwood Cinema. He was progressive beyond his years, an ethos evident still evident in the family business today. Cogan's has always been highly respected for its staff loyalty, which is attributable to the firm's leadership, expertise and quality service. James Cogan said: “Rob and I are lucky to be supported by a fantastic team. Indeed the five longest-serving members of staff have 143 years of service between them.” He went on to say: “I am honoured that we have such strong representation from the Cork business community here tonight.   It is a tribute to the great relationships both Rob and I have forged over the years, and also to my father, when we look at the cross section of great individuals and organisations represented here who have come to share in the celebration of our 75 years of business.” Managing Director of Toyota Ireland Dave Shannon who also spoke on the night said: “James Cogan has been one of the most progressive and adaptable entrepreneurs in the motor industry- a man with great integrity and an ethos of hard work.”   For more information visit

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