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Bill Burke - a true legend who will be missed

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“Bill Burke will help you out, no problem there.”

Those words were spoken on more than one occasion by many members of New York’s Irish business community about the legendary Bill Burke, who died suddenly on Monday at the age of 76.

His loss to our community cannot be overstated. The word legendary is probably one of the most overused, but in the case of Burke it doesn’t go far enough.

You needed a loan to get your business off the ground? No problem, Bill would sort it.


The legendary Bill Burke.

The legendary Bill Burke.

Advice on how to make it in New York as a new arrival…what to do, who to connect with? The go-to person would be Bill Burke.

For many years Burke, a native of Co. Sligo, presided over the Bank of Ireland’s headquarters on Fifth Avenue, not far from St. Patrick’s........

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