Apple celebrated 40 years of its campus in Cork, Ireland on Tuesday. The site started as a manufacturing facility, but does not include AppleCare Operations, Logistics and serves the company’s European headquarters.
Four decades of Apple in Cork, Ireland
Cathy Kearney, Apple’s vice president of European operations, has worked for Apple in Cork for more than 30 of her 40 years there. Commenting on the anniversary, he said:
The Cork campus is more than a place – we are a family. And every day, we strive to uphold Apple’s collective values through our work, whether it’s protecting our planet, upholding the right to privacy, or making sure education and technology are accessible to all. I am very honored to work with such a talented, diverse and compassionate team every day.
However, Apple’s presence in Ireland has been the subject of a long dispute with the EU. The European Commission argued that Apple needed to refund € 13 billion in taxes. This is disputed by both Apple and the Irish government. However, the commission said in September it will appeal a ruling that rejected its accusations.
A sense of community and collective values is central to the story Apple is trying to tell about its Cork campus. For example, a staff member, Álvaro Porcel, talks about the team’s work at the Age Action door, a charity that offers free technology classes for seniors. “This is a charity that is very close to my heart,” he said. “It’s not just about learning how to use your device. There is also a great social aspect. Most of these older people are very isolated. Before COVID-19, there were weekly face-to-face events, but now we have phone calls, and when they tell you, ‘This is the only phone call I’ll get today,’ you can feel how much it means to them. “
Apple working with school students in Cork
Apple works with students at a local school in Cork. For the past five years, employees have helped teach Terence MacSwiney School students coding, music, photography and video. Additionally, students participate in Apple’s Transition Year experience. More than 1,600 students have come to the company’s campus and learned about career opportunities. “This kind of tutoring that takes place shoulder to shoulder, you can’t buy it, it’s just priceless,” said the school’s principal, Phil O’Flynn.