Everyone may like to celebrate the Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but year-round, Ireland's companies work hard to offer products and services in a variety of industries. The value of Irish agri-food and drink exports exceeded €11 billion, according to AgriLand, and the Irish startup community has given entrepreneurs the chance to contribute to the growing tech ecosystem.
The country may be small in population — fewer than 5 million people call the Emerald Isle home — but it can hold its own in the global market. Here are seven Ireland-based businesses that have enjoyed international success.
Trustev stops fraud online and allows real customers to do business with you. The company scans transactions in real time and decides whether they are genuine or not. Co-founder Pat Phelan is one of Ireland’s best-known serial entrepreneurs and co-founded Trustev after experiencing online fraud at his previous startups, the site said. The company has North American headquarters in New York City and global headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
Guinness is an Irish staple. The company's beers have delighted generations since 1759, and it has a history of creative advertising, including a happy pelican and an alligator relaying that "Guinness is Good for You." One of the first shipments of the drink was sent to New York and South Carolina in the 1820s. To learn about the storied history in person, you can visit the Storehouse in Dublin.
Kitman Labs was created to help athletic teams collect and understand data. According to the site, You can turn abstract data into real-time actionable insights to reduce player injuries and optimize athlete performance. The company aims to reduce injuries and use technology to predict and reduce injuries. Kitman Labs has European headquarters in Dublin and Menlo Park, Calif.
.America has bourbon and rye and Ireland has whiskey. According to The Spirits Business, Irish food board, Bord Bia, estimates that Irish whiskey exports will double in volume terms by 2020 compared to 2015, with a further two-fold increase to 24m cases by 2030. One import enjoyed by Americans is Tullamore D.E.W., established in 1829. The whiskey brand is headquartered in Offaly, Ireland, where visitors can learn about the robust history and visit the distillery.
If you own a tablet and are working as a medical student or are a professional, you've likely encountered Pocket Anatomy, which launched in 2010. The useful educational tool is medically accurate, with male and female anatomical content, it also has more than 100,000 words of learning content as well as medical animations. The app works on iPhone, iPad and OSX. The company's headquarters is in Galway.
With Ireland's lush landscape and storied history of agriculture, it makes sense that one of its largest exports is dairy. Bailey's is a marriage of dairy and Irish whiskey that is often used in coffee and mixed drinks. According to the site, the Irish cream was created in Dublin in 1974. David Dand, now known as the "Godfather of Bailey's," dreamt of creating an innovative and utterly indulgent liqueur.
Globoforce is a recognition company that aims to engage and encourage employees to assist companies to reach goals. By tying recognition to a company’s goals and values, a recognition program could achieve double-digit increases to employee engagement, the website says. The company's corporate office is in Dublin and North American HQ is in Southborough, Mass.