Gillian Bowler: A woman of substance who broke the mould

The businesswoman, who founded Budget Travel and held multiple directorships in major Irish organisations, died last week at the age of 64, leaving behind a formidable legacy

18th December, 2016
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With her red Ferrari and her sunglasses-as-hairband permanently affixed to her head, Gillian Bowler cut a distinctive dash in Ireland’s corporate world for decades.

But her impact on the business world runs far deeper than these mere trimmings. Born in London in 1953, Bowler was a true pioneer; a woman who built and grew a once massively successful Irish travel business in an era when female ambition was still seen as something suspect.

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