On Thursday, June 26th, a special event was held in Maynooth to unveil a commemorative information board which was created by Maynooth Tidy Towns Association with the support of Intel in order to help mark 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.
Members of Maynooth Tidy Towns association are pictured with representatives of Intel at the special ceremony held to celebrate the new information board
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 which will prepare the facility to manufacture latest generation Intel technology.
The event began with a special ceremony which took place at the Glenroyal Hotel after which guests were invited to the main square area of the Main Street where the information board was officially unveiled.
The ceremony included audience addresses from Director of Intel Corporate Affairs Shelly Esque and Richard Farrell who represented the Maynooth Tidy Towns association. The event was concluded with the unveiling of the commemorative piece itself which is a specially created display board sharing information about the town with the public. The information board includes a special contribution from Intel which reads;
This information board is sponsored by Intel on the occasion of our 25th Anniversary in Ireland.
Intel first decided to locate its advanced manufacturing facility in Kildare in 1989 and since that time has gone on to invest billions of dollars in transforming the campus into one of the most advanced industrial locations in Europe.
Today Intel in Ireland represents a diversity of activities across the spectrum of Intel business from advanced manufacturing to cutting edge research and design with thousands of people employed both directly and indirectly across the island of Ireland.
We would like to thank the people of Maynooth for making us feel so welcome in the community.
Speaking at the event, Intel’s Shelly Esque said “25 years ago Intel made the decision to locate here in Ireland and little could we have imagined that the campus would go on to become the largest private industrial investment in the history of the Irish state and indeed a source of pride amongst the entire Intel network. None of this would have been possible however without the support of the communities local to Intel and in particular to Maynooth and in what you have provided in terms of your beautiful town, your welcoming people, your impressive university and schools and the warmth that has been extended to many Intel families who now call Maynooth home. We look forward to all that may be possible in the next 25 years”.
Richard Farrell of Maynooth Tidy Towns Association also spoke at the event and added “Shelly being here from Intel for this ceremony underpins the huge importance that Intel places on working with the local community. Over the past number of years Intel has built a tremendous relationship with the community, our schools, the university and indeed many Intel employees have come to live in Maynooth and have become a part of our community. During the last 25 years there have been a number of volunteer projects undertaken by Intel and we in Maynooth Tidy Towns have greatly benefited from that as have other community organisations. I would like to thank Intel for their community support in the past and we look forward to working with them in partnership in the future”.
The ceremony was a timely one for the Tidy Towns Association who in the same week were honored as Maynooth was named the Best Kept Large Town at the annual Tidy Towns awards. This event took place as part of a yearlong series of activities to mark Intel’s 25th Anniversary of operations in Ireland.
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.
Intel’s Shelly Esque and Richard Farrell of the Maynooth Tidy Towns association check out the new information board
Members of the local community together with representatives form Intel are pictured in the in the main square in Maynooth
Further images can be found here: Unveiling of commemorative board in Maynooth – an album on Flickr
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