Map of the East

The East Region comprising the capital city and counties of Dublin with Kildare, Meath & Wicklow is the largest region in Ireland and has been one of the fastest growing economic zones in Western Europe. With a total population of 1,662,536 (Census 2006) the region has critical mass of population, skills pool, educational infrastructure, international access connections, existing business activity across all sectors and extensive property solutions for future activity.

Dublin, as the capital city, is a dynamic business location with a well-developed road, rail and air access infrastructure. In 2008, 79 airlines operated to 207 destinations from Dublin Airport with over 450 flights per day. There are 2 main seaports in Dublin and further commercial ports north in Drogheda and south in Arklow.

Across the East region there is an excellent supply of quality greenfield sites, office and production building solutions offered by the Private Sector, the Local Authorities and IDA Ireland to meet the needs of multinational companies.

IDA has a network of Business Parks in the East Regions ownership, 9 of which are in County Dublin and 1 each in Navan, County Meath, Arklow & Bray in County Wicklow and Newbridge & Naas in County Kildare.

The East Region is home to 5 Universities including Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, Co Kildare. There are also 4 Institutes of Technology at Blanchardstown, Dublin, Tallaght and Dun Laoghaire. Colleges such as the National College of Ireland, National College of Art & Design and many private colleges add to the rich supply of education and strong research capability in the East Region.

The East region boasts a wealth of culture and activities. While our capital city enjoys its reputation as an historical city with its strong links with the world of literature - in contrast, modern Dublin relishes its trendy bars, quality restaurants and shopping.

Beyond Dublin, the rolling landscapes of Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland” offers 83 km of mountainous walkway, in contrast to its many blue flag beaches. Activities such as horse riding, mountaineering, water activities, and golfing are in abundance. Kildare's gentle Arcadian countryside is home to Ireland’s famous bloodstock and racing industries and County Meath’s rich history and the location for the world heritage site at Newgrange which dates back to 3200 BC.


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The IDA supported network of Business Parks in the greater Dublin area includes: Blanchardstown Business & Technology Park, Ballycoolin Business & Technology Park, College Business & Technology Park, City West Business Park, Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park, Cloverhill Industrial Estate, Poppintree Industrial Estate, South County Business & Technology, Swords Business & Technology Park and Whitestown Business & Technology Park

Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City and gateway centre for the East Region is a dynamic, and vibrant city with a population of over a million rising to 168, 4462 within a 60km radius.

Education and schooling are part of the lifeblood of the city with its 5 Universities together with its 4 Institutes of Technology and the National College of Ireland catering for well over 90,000 students, both full and part-time. Equally, a strong research ethos exists within the 3rd level Institutions with Centres of Excellence in disciplines ranging from Biotech, Sensor Research, Human Proteomics and Digital Sensor Processing.

The city is host to a cluster of major world-class companies in the Financial Services, Life Sciences, ICT, International Services and Digital Media sectors. The IFSC (International Financial Services Centre) where approximately 400 companies and over 10,000 staff have responsibility in activities including banking, insurance, fund management & treasury operations. Total assets of the IFSC banks as December 2008 was € 428.4 billion. Global names located here include Citigroup, ING, BNY Mellon, State Street, PNP Paribas, and AON Insurance.

The Digital Hub located in the historic core of the city is an emerging centre of excellence for innovation, creativity, research and learning for the media industry. Companies located there include Goa Games, Amazon, Zamano, Havok and Kavaleer Productions. Furthermore Dublin has developed a strong cluster of online services companies including familiar names such as Google, ebay, PayPal, Yahoo and Facebook.

Dublin’s continued strength as a centre for Research, Development and Innovation is reflected in the diversity of announcements in the region in 2008 including three major announcements by IBM and significant projects from Business Objects and Synopsys, in ICT. In Financial services RD&I is becoming a core activity in driving the strategic importance of the Irish operations within their corporations, as reflected in the announcements this year by AON and CITI.

Dublin is renowned for its architectural significance from the earliest Viking settlements to Georgian squares and combined with the effects of its economic revival the city is now a vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis. Home to writers such as Joyce, Beckett, Synge and Wilde, theatres such as the Abbey and Gate and to musicians U2, Enya and Riverdance, Dublin's cultural heritage remains world-known. Guinness is brewed at its home in St James’s Gate in the heart of Dublin’s Liberties area. The city lies around Dublin Bay and in turn is surrounded by the Dublin and Wicklow Hills which affords the full spectrum of outdoor and leisure pursuits.


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IDA Business Park, Navan is a new 40 hectares (100 acres) serviced park located overlooking the River Boyne on the Dublin Airport side of Navan.

The completed redevelopment of historic Athlumney House on the Park provides attractive office space.

One of the fastest growing counties in Ireland, the population of Meath has increased significantly in recent years. The profile and diversity of this population growth ensures the availability of a wide range of qualifications, skills and experience to satisfy the needs of any business. Navan is the principal town and administrative centre for Co Meath. The town has a population of nearly 25,000 with over 1.1 million within a 60km radius.

Navan is strategically located just 35 minutes drive from Dublin Airport and 40 minutes from Dublin City Centre. It’s location on the N3 road network will further benefit from the planned new M3 Motorway to Dublin.

Overseas companies in Navan include Europ Assistance (UK Call/Admin Centre), Generali Group (Italian Funds/Asset Management) and Welch Allyn (US Medical Devices). IDA client companies adjacent to Navan in the surrounding county of Meath include DeRoyal (US medical devices) and Trimfold (UK paper products).

Third level education requirements are supplied by the East Region’s 5 universities and 4 Institutes of Technology and in addition by Dundalk IT, all within easy traveling distance of Navan. All of these establishments have Research Centres in a variety of fields.

Navan and Co Meath are rich in heritage sites including Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and the Hill of Tara. There is a ready availability of sporting and recreational facilities including fishing, horse riding, swimming, concerts at Slane Castle and horseracing. Wonderful golfing options are available at nearby Royal Tara (27 holes) and Headfort (36 holes).
Navan’s proximity to Dublin ensures that it has excellent public transport links with the capital and the town has a wide range of top quality housing & schooling options available.


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There is an excellent selection of quality buildings and Greenfield site options available in the Naas area including Millennium Park, located in Osberstown, Naas.

Naas is the administrative centre of Co Kildare, with a town population of 20,044, rising to over 1,336,414 within a 60km radius. Naas is located 40 km (24 miles) from Dublin on the main N7 road route and has commuter rail access to Dublin with 23 return trains daily, a journey of 25 mins. Naas has easy access to Dublin’s commercial seaports and airport.

Co. Kildare is home to Intel Ireland, established in Leixlip in 1989. Over the years Intel has made significant investment in its facility in Kildare which manufactures microprocessors and logic chips. Along with its in house research and development in networking and communications, Intel also collaborates with local university NUI Maynooth in the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), a multi-disciplinary research and education establishment and with universities across the country in the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre.

Other major clients in the Kildare area include GEA Process Technology (German engineering/R&D), International Fund Services (Financial Services) Masterplast (Swiss plastics), Weber Sensors (US instrumentation) Wyeth Medica (Pharmaceuticals), Braun Oral B (US oral hygiene products) and Hewlett Packard (US computer printers).

Third level education requirements are supplied by the East Region’s 5 Universities and 4 Institutes of Technology, all within easy travelling distance of Naas. All of these establishments have world class Research Centres in a variety of fields.

Naas is within Kildare’s luxuriant countryside with easy access to the Wicklow Mountains and nearby beaches. Kildare is the world-renowned centre of the thoroughbred equine industry in Ireland and home to 3 racecourses, the Irish National Stud, Japanese Gardens and Ballindoolin House and Gardens. Angling and fishing are provided by a choice of rivers and canals with towpaths for walking. The nearby K Club Golf Course and 5 star hotel hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup, with numerous other quality clubs in the area.


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IDA’s Business Park in Arklow is a newly developed 32-hectare (80 acre) park adjacent to the Arklow By-Pass Motorway

Arklow, located on the main Dublin – Rosslare N11 road, has a population of 11,712 rising to 740,305 within a 60 km radius. Traveling by the M50 & N11 motorways Arklow is within 45 minutes commute of Dublin and 1 hour of Dublin Airport.

The town is well serviced by public transport with regular daily train & bus services to and from Dublin. In addition to its own port, Arklow is conveniently located between Dublin port and Rosslare Port Ferry Terminal (1 hour from both).

Arklow is well served by the Institutes of Technology in Carlow 60 Km (41 miles) and Waterford 110 Km (65 miles) with almost 6,000 students studying Engineering, Applied Sciences, Electronics and Business Administration and the extensive network of universities and colleges in the Dublin area all of which are accessible to Arklow’s community.

Multinational companies located in the area include Elavon (Financial Data Processing), Schering Plough & Servier (Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies) and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Life sciences).

Arklow is a lively, bustling town with its picturesque Main Street, colourful shop fronts and ornate lighting. The town is situated in the heartland of the “Garden of Ireland” renowned for its excellent quality of life with easy access to lengthy beaches, mountains and lakes. Golfers are well catered for with the European Club at Brittas Bay, Arklow Golf Club and Woodenbridge Golf Club.

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