Apple’s first contact with Ireland began in the 80s, with just one manufacturing facility and a little under 60 people as its workforce.
About four decades later, the country is now home to about 6,000 personnel and a sprawling Apple campus in Cork. As the firm marks this important milestone, the facility is started within the City has been expanded significantly is now parts of a campus consisting of Operations, AppleCare, logistics, and a few other departments made up of diverse groups from more than 90 different regions around the world.
The campus is also Apple’s EU headquarters, offering support in Europe and around the world. Cathy Keaney is VP for European Operations. She has worked with the company for over three decades. She notes that the Cork campus is a great community. She started on the manufacturing floor and slowly rose through the ranks to become a floor manager, with between 20and 30 trainee personnel under her charge.
The same sense of community is shared with another apple employee, Alvaro Porcel, now 33, who felt at home the moment he joined apple less than ten years ago. He is affiliated with Cork City’s LGBTQ community and the soon to be unveiled Cork Accessibility DNA, one of Apple’s centers that connect employees with a common interest, values, and background.
For the last five years, the company’s Giving program has lent support to at least 400 of the City’s registered charities.
Additionally, Apple employees have been volunteering at the Terence MacSwiney School in the City for five years.
As the firm’s presence continues to expand in the Cork community, so is its center. Over the last few years, the facility has expanded to include new buildings designed by members of the Cork community with the environment in mind.