Lilly in Ireland

Lilly has been operating in Ireland since 1978 and today the company employs almost 2,500 people. Lilly’s first investment in Ireland began in 1978, with the purchase of a farm in the West Cork countryside, near Kinsale. Today, that site has grown to a vast high-technology manufacturing campus that employs over 1000 people and uses complex chemical synthesis and biotechnology manufacturing processes to make active ingredients for Lilly medicines. These active ingredients are further processed at drug product manufacturing plants into medicines for use in therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology, diabetes and pain. The site is also involved in process development and process optimisation across both manufacturing platforms.

Established in 2010, our Global Business Solutions (GBS) centre in Little Island, Cork city has evolved from shared service provider to global business partner across many of Lilly’s key business units. Through the centralisation, standardisation and optimisation of complex processes, GBS Cork provides innovative solutions that add value in a number of diverse areas including finance, supply chain, HR data management, customer support, clinical trial capabilities and more. Currently it employs over 1300 employees across 62 nationalities, speaking over 50 languages.

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As the operations of GBS Cork have grown and evolved, so too has our physical footprint in Little Island. In 2019 we were delighted to open our second building in Eastgate Business Park.


The Lilly Ireland commercial team is part of our Northern European Hub. The team works across the country with healthcare stakeholders. The group's role is to help identify the needs of patients and healthcare professionals and to deliver pharmaceutical-based healthcare solutions. Their current areas of focus are diabetes, immunology and oncology.

Each and every day, like our colleagues around the world, our employees in Ireland strive to live the Lilly values of Integrity, Excellence and Respect for People, while also doing our bit for the communities in which we operate.

Being part of Lilly is about being part of an open, welcoming and inclusive culture, one that thrives on Diversity & Inclusion, one that promotes personal growth, and one that is dedicated to making lives better for the patients we serve.

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Lilly named Cork Chamber of Commerce “Cork Company of the Year” 2021

The winning submission was a joint effort by Kinsale manufacturing and Cork Global Business Solutions. The accolade was awarded to Lilly based on a combined 50 years of investment, innovation and positive impact within the Cork region.