On Thursday, May 29th a special event was held on Leixlip Main Street to unveil a commemorative plaque marking the anniversary of 25 years of Intel in Ireland. Intel first came to Ireland in 1989 establishing what was to become one of Europe’s leading semiconductor manufacturing locations at the nearby Collinstown Industrial Park in Leixlip. Today, more than 4,500 people work at the campus and in March this year Intel shared details of the progress of a $5 billion campus upgrade investment at the Leixlip campus, the largest private investment in the history of the Irish State and one which will prepare the facility to manufacture latest generation Intel technology.
The event was held to coincide with the beginning of the annual Leixlip Festival and took place in the Plaza area of the main street with a number of local guests in attendance to celebrate the special milestone.
The ceremony included audience addresses from Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott and Rachel Cahill and Jim Gallagher who both served for a number of years as members of the Intel Community Advisory Panel. The event was concluded with the unveiling of the commemorative piece itself which is a specially engraved stone plaque that reads;
On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary we would like to thank you, the people of Leixlip, for making us feel so welcome here in your community
Speaking at the event, Intel’s Eamonn Sinnott said “Leixlip has been fundamental in the story of Intel in Ireland, providing us with a location in which our campus could flourish to the extent that today it is home to one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities – it would be impossible for us to be as successful, and to have become the largest private investment the history the Irish State, without the support of the community around us. On this occasion we want to thank the people of Leixlip for welcoming us into your community”.
Jim Gallagher, who also spoke at the event added “It was my privilege as a Councilor for the Leixlip area to attend the meeting in Castletown House at which Minister Des O’Malley announced the Launch of Intel in Collinstown Leixlip. Intel have undertaken tremendous work over the past 25 years in becoming involved in a variety of projects such as the donation of computers to local schools, financial contributions to the community youth premises and to our new Parish Centre building fund. Workers at Intel gave many hours of volunteering in schools, looking after the environment, and supporting different charities and the Irish economy benefited greatly because of the large number of people employed by Intel over the past 25 years. It is my hope that the company will continue to expand and flourish and that Leixlip and surrounding towns will continue to benefit from Intel for another 25 years or more’
This event was part of a yearlong series of activities to mark Intel’s 25th Anniversary of operations in Ireland and in addition to Intel’s regular sponsorship of the festival, this year the firework display which took place at the conclusion of the festival celebrations on Sunday evening was also sponsored by Intel.
Intel first began operating in Ireland in 1989 and over the past 2 decades has come to represent a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing technology to cutting edge research and design.
Pictured at the plaque uneviling are local representatives Jim Gallagher and Rachel Cahill, Intel Ireland General Manager Eamonn Sinnott, Cllr. Teresa Byren and Leonard Hobbs, Director of Corporate Affairs at Intel Ireland
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