Leixlip (Leim an Bhradáin in Irish Gaelic) is an industrial town in the suburbs of Dublin. Very active, the city is home to many industrial groups in the high-tech sector. Situated less than 17 kilometres from Dublin, it is one of the hearts of the economy of the capital of Dublin.
Leixlip would have been founded by the Vikings during the 8th century. Over time the town developed under the influence of the Channel Invasions, who took possession of Leixlip and undertook numerous expansion works (including the construction of a castle not far from the Liffey).
It was in 1750 that Arthur Guinness (1725-1803) decided to move to Leixlip to establish a brewery and make his business one of the most successful in Ireland.
From the 20th century onwards, Leixlip became an attractive town for large foreign industrialists wishing to relocate their production. (At the time, Ireland had a qualified and inexpensive workforce, as well as a very attractive tax policy for companies).
Among the large groups, we should note especially Intel, which set up in Leixlip in 1990 and created more than 5,000 jobs. Hewlett-Packard has also set up in Leixlip.
You might as well know: Leixlip is far from being a tourist destination, due to its strong industrial activity. So don’t be disappointed if the town has few corners or curiosities for its visitors: it may even seem a bit dull at times…
Nevertheless, you will be able to walk around the city centre, discover the premises of the Guinness brewery, and stroll along the Liffey and the Royal Canal.