Relevant technological advancements and implementations in Ireland
Created by jfisher on Feb 3, 2011
Last updated: 03/08/11 at 02:03 PM
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Google buys the Montevetro building in Dublin for almost 100 million Euros. The sale of the 15 story building is one of the largest property deals since the real estate bubble.
In their manifesto, majority party Fine Gael mentions technology 20 times and emphasizes the importance of technology and research in the recovering economy. One section specifies increased focus on the video game industry which saw a four-fold increase in jobs over the last 7 years.
A website is launched in Ireland where voters can keep track of candidates and their promises. The website has already been implemented in other European countries.
Facebook announces that its International headquarters would be located in Dublin. COO Sheryl Sandberg said the talent-pool in Dublin was "world-class".
Silicon Ireland, an online news blog for Irish tech startups, was founded.
The cable company Chorus Communications becomes UPC. UPC is currently the largest cable provider in Europe.
Youtube announced that Ireland, in addition to 8 other countries, would gets it own YouTube site.
Eircom purchases Meteor for 420 million Euros . After initially ditching its own mobile network, Eircom takes another shot at the mobile market.
9 months after the originally scheduled launch date, iTunes is finally launched in Ireland with music downloads costing the same amount as in the UK.
The online marketplace giant, eBay, launches a website for the country of Ireland.
Microsoft Ireland launches its Irish Local Language Program which will see Microsoft Windows and Office translated into Irish. The localized Irish Portal MSN.ie is launched.
Google announced their European Headquarters would be located in Dublin. More than 200 jobs were created.
The IDA, Ireland's agency responsible for industrial development, and Ebay argued over the location of Ebay's headquarters in Ireland. Ebay wanted to be in Dublin, but when the IDA threatened to not give any government grants, Ebay responded by suggesting they would relocate to Scotland. Eventually the IDA gave a small grant for Ebay to setup in Dublin.
Microsoft Ireland's state of the art Atrium Building opens in Sandyford. European X Box and groundbreaking game Halo are released in 20 languages thanks to Ireland's language team
The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 moves to Ireland after 4 years in the U.S. It is an annual list of the top 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland.
The number of Microsoft Ireland employees grows to 889. Windows 95, Office 95 and MSN are released selling more than 1 million copies in four days. Microsoft Ireland manufactures and distributes the software for all three for the whole of Europe.
Originally opened in 1990, Dell's Limerick manufacturing facility now makes Dell Ireland's biggest exporter.
Microsoft Windows 3.1 is released. It is translated into Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish and Italian by EPDC employees. The number of Microsoft Ireland employees grows to 279.
Microsoft expands its Irish employee base to 183.
Intel Ireland was founded in 1989 in County Kildare as Intel's center for European manufacturing operations. It has grown to become Intel's largest manufacturing plant outside the US.
In 1985, Microsoft opened a manufacturing facility in Ireland that employed just over 100 people in Sandyfurd, Dublin. Over the next 25 years Microsoft's Branch in Ireland would grow tremendously and play a large part in developing translations for Microsoft software.
Eircom, one of Ireland's largest telecommunications companies, was founded in 1984. They now provide Irish citizens and businesses with phone and broadband access.