Debonair and master of comebacks, Jay Bourke was Celtic Tiger ‘poster boy’ – Extra.ie

The son of a wealthy Dalkey family, Jay Bourke was the quintessential Celtic Tiger poster boy.

Restaurateur, man-about-town, businessman and party-boy Jay Bourke’s life from boom to bust to boom and his many colourful controversies and comebacks are well-documented.

After an undergraduate degree in economics at Trinity, his long-blonde hair and stature earned him a brief stint as a Ralph Lauren model.

Jay Bourke was the quintessential Celtic Tiger poster boy. Pic: Garrett White/Collins

In 1989, aged 22, Bourke began his decades-long foray into business. Along with businessman Bob Doyle he secured a €50,000 bank loan and opened the doors of his first premises, Wolfman Jack’s, a burger joint in Dublin’s Rathmines.

Four years later, in 1993, Bourke went on to open The Globe, quickly followed by a succession of bars and restaurants including nightclub Rí-Rá, The Front Lounge, Gubu and private members club Odessa.

With his coiffured

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