The worlds oldest continuously trading company in the world is Rathbourne Candle Company.
Founded in 1488, four years before Christopher Columbus set foot in America; master chandler William Rathborne started making candles in Wine Tavern Street, Dublin. The company later moved to East Wall and in more recent years, to Blanchardstown. [Source Irish Independent Newspaper, 29/04/2012]
What a legacy, that this company was founded in 1488 and is still in existence is nothing short of incredible. A series called Hands was made in the late 70’s documenting Ireland’s waning craft traditions. The links feature Rathbourne Canldlemakers – Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98tTYmbvtcs – Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08b3va22eak