Lilly in Ireland

Lilly has been operating in Ireland for four decades, and today the company employs over 3,000 people across three sites.

Lilly’s first investment in Ireland began in 1978, with the purchase of a farm in the West Cork countryside, near Kinsale. Today the campus includes three high-technology manufacturing platforms – Chemistry, Biology and Peptides – and supplies active ingredient for both clinical trial development and commercial use, making it one of the few such sites in the world.

Lilly Global Business Solutions (GBS) in Little Island, Cork, was established in 2010 and has evolved from shared service provider to a global business partner, driving performance across multiple functions in Lilly’s key business units. From Clinical Development, to Finance, to Patient Support, the GBS teams are now central to the end-to-end delivery of life-saving medicines for patients worldwide. Currently GBS Cork employs over 1,700 employees across 62 nationalities, speaking over 50 languages.

Engineering render of proposed new Lilly Limerick Campus.

We are currently developing Lilly Limerick, a state-of-the-art biotech manufacturing campus, at a greenfield site in Raheen, Co. Limerick and broke ground in March 2023. This “Next Generation Biotech” drug substance facility will be Lilly’s most technically advanced manufacturing site to date. At start-up, the campus is forecast to employ around 300 people across a wide range of disciplines.

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.

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.

To find out about career opportunities at Lilly Kinsale, Lilly GBS or Lilly Limerick, click here.

Lilly in Ireland

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3000 employees


3 Sites


57% of Irish workforce are women


45+ years in Ireland

Recognitions & Awards


Pharmaceutical Industry Awards 2023

Our Global Business Solutions (GBS) teams in Little Island, Cork, were proud to take home three awards at the Pharmaceutical Industry Awards 2023, as well as being shortlisted for a fourth. We won the Best use of Technology Award for embedding innovation, the Health and Safety Award for emergency preparedness for return to office and hybrid working, and the HR Achievement Award for talent acquisition transformation.


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.

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Lilly Kinsale

Lilly Kinsale


Lilly Cork GBS

Lilly Cork GBS


Lilly Sales and Marketing

Lilly Sales and Marketing

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Lilly Limerick

Lilly Limerick