The Apple Story
Glanmire is an Irish family run business established in 1981. Our founder and CEO Joe (Byrne) was working for a tech company as an Electronics Engineer in his early twenties in Dallas when he and a colleague accidentally bumped into Steve Jobs and the Apple board of directors in a restaurant. They were discussing setting up in Ireland so Joe approached them.
On overhearing a conversation about Apple’s new Irish venture, Joe seized the opportunity to approach them, initially with the objective of acquiring an Apple II computer at a favourable price (then $1,200). Apple wanted information on Ireland and invited Joe and his colleague to sit down. They chatted well into the early hours of the morning on the suitability of various locations in Ireland and Joe was invited to Apple’s Dallas Sales office the following day to continue the conversation. Joe walked out of the office with an Apple II computer and a Job offer to start work in California the following Monday. The offer included stock options in Apple which was still a private company at the time!
Apple Employee No.2
Glanmire Apple early advertisement
After a couple of years on the startup team in the new Cork manufacturing plant, Joe saw an opportunity in the market for a Clock Calendar card which would gave the Apple II Date and Time functionality. With the blessing of Apple he founded Glanmire. The Clock calendar card was sold internationally and was an immediate success. It provided the company with all the startup capital it needed and as a result the company is entirely self funded.
The company went on to design and manufacture many other expansion cards for the Apple II computer, Sinclair Zx 81, Spectrum, IBM and Microsoft Windows based PC’s. The Cards included software and applications, so the company developed a wealth of software skills and expertise.
Our Brand History
JOE BYRNE CTO
NOREEN BYRNE CMO
As computers evolved and became more powerful, the need for expansion cards dwindled. In the late eighties Glanmire (and its now nationwide team of newly recruited engineers) focused on the development of business applications such as their finance software package SAM which remains one of the core products today. The company is trusted to provide secure software solutions for a diverse range of clients that include RTE, Hewlett Packard and The Rotunda Hospital.