Why No Apple store in Ireland?

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  1. benfilan macrumors 6502

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    With the continued expansion of Apple retail stores in the rest of the UK, isn't it about time the emerald isle had its own Apple retail store?:cool:
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Whilst I'm surprised we don't have one at least in Dublin, it just seems Apple do not consider the emerald isle to be worthy of one.


    To be honest it's a frickin pain too. I'm in the styx of Kerry and if something goes wrong with my macs - I have to arrange courier and send them to dublin usually at my own expense, simply because there are a serious lack of repair agents outside of n1 circle.

    Just ironic that we home Apples european HQ, just not a simple store.

    So much for the luck of the irish eh! (let's just blame biffo and leave it at that)
     
  3. benfilan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know!! its so frustrating! My Macbook needed repair and instead of taking it to the Apple approved repair centre (the guys who destroyed my iBook a few years ago) I took it to the Glasgow Apple store (which is awesome by the way). The service was amazing.
     
  4. shaunomacx macrumors member

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    Note, Belfast is getting one Apple Store this autumn. The first of several in Ireland I hope.

    Northern Ireland is still part of Ireland, maybe not in the traditional sense but we are one island, two nations so we can share one store :)

    Besides its one trip on the Enterprise!
     
  5. benfilan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I live in Belfast!

    where? the Victoria centre?
    I had heard that but I thought it was just a silly rumour. Belfast is far too backward for something so swish.:D
     
  6. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    *jealous* You both make me sick :p Culchie Power :D
     
  7. brisweeney macrumors regular

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    apples european HQ is in cork.

    if belfast is getting an apple store them i imagine dublin will soon.

    tbh for a company like apple the reason there hasnt been one yet is probably location. all their stores are in great locations and also look great, theyre not gonna settle for a second rate location in dublin or anywhere else.
     
  8. benfilan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    but *IS* Belfast getting a store? There's no mention of it anywhere except for a few rumors.
     
  9. shaunomacx macrumors member

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    trust me YES! READ!
     
  10. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    :eek::eek: I was in Cork a week ago, flew over from old muckymuck to do some theatre support. Nice food in the hippy cafe by the river.

    Spent a couple of days in Kinsale, searching for veggie food (none).

    If I'd known about the Apple HQ, I would have persuaded partner + sprog to go there instead. Maybe I'd find a nice cast-off macbook in the bins or something.
     
  11. brisweeney macrumors regular

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    all you'll find there is a call centre for support and stuff......dont think anything special goes on there.....when you get a new mac in ireland the default city on the world clock is cork not dublin.....weird.....
     
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Now you've reminded me - when I ordered some new ibooks for work, I think I saw the online tracking go from China to Cork to London. Or did I just make that up?
     
  13. benfilan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok...chillax
     
  14. Southerner macrumors member

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    I expect an Apple Store will show up, in the next two years, in one of Dublin's upcoming new retail developments on the Northside. Either at Arnott's Northern Quarter on Henry Street or at the new part on O'Connell Street where the old cinema is, which John Lewis (another Apple seller) will open its first Irish store there.

    Apple may open a smaller store, before the one in the city centre opens, either at Dundrum Town Centre (quite likely) or Blanchardstown.
     
  15. themick171 macrumors newbie

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    Rumor (perfect for this site) goes Apple are trying to agree deal for store in Dublin. Belfast is definitely getting store even says so on Apple Uk site. Anyone here ever used stream in cork for repairs.
     
  16. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    I was under the impression there was some sort of production centre in Cork, hence the story about the man claiming he could walk to it before Apple could fix his iMac.
    They sent him a brand new one, by the way.
     
  17. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68020

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    The irish use computers???:eek:
    Just kidding Father!!!!:D
     
  18. lukemcurley Guest

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    I am still surprised that Apple have not opened an Apple store in Dublin or Cork. Nice to see Belfast get one though, just that Apple would make more money with a store in Dublin.

    Strange how Apple's European Operations Headquarters is in Cork, yet we do not have an Apple store, or Movie downloads!
     
  19. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I thought all they do is drink Guinness and go on religious wars!

    ;)
     
  20. plinden macrumors 68040

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    I'd think Apple would open a few more in larger European population centers first. Frankly, I'm surprised there's even a rumor that there's going to be one in Belfast.

    And somewhere where they're likely to sell some Macs.

    Considering the grief I got from my PC using friends and relatives when I was back in Ireland during the summer, Apple is missing the mindshare that's present here in the US.
     
  21. KickingKing macrumors newbie

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    Yeah it really is madness that there isn't a store in Dublin, as well as many of the other metropolitan areas of Europe.

    An Apple store in Dublin would do very well, its becoming more fashionable to use Macs in Dublin a stroll through any of the university libraries can show that. Actually all new students to the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland in Dublin recieve a macbook as part of their tuition fees.

    I'm betting they move into the old Habitat store between Suffolk and Dame Streets.
     
  22. VaatiKaiba macrumors 6502

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    Interesting fact - towards the north of Kildare Street, there's an OLD Apple Store, with the old rainbow-coloured logo. Completely run-down, but they might still own the site... :D
     
  23. shuffles macrumors 6502

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    The old Apple store with the rainbow colours wasn't an official store. It was owned by Compustore who went bust a few yrs ago. I doubt they wud open it there. I was in it once years ago and boy is it tiny. It was pretty much just a counter.

    The last post in here was in December so have there been any updates on a store in Dublin since then?
     
  24. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    Not that I live there anymore, but Cardiff should get one as well.

    It's a decent city, very modern, and with a decent population - with a lot of Mac users.
     

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