FOR one of Ebay’s top executives, the opening of their European headquarters in Dundalk had an added resonance and meaning.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, John McCabe, says his family are originally from Dundalk, having left for America in 1914, and that the opening of the state-of-the-art headquarters was a homecoming of sorts.
“My grandfather was Owen McCabe, and my grandmother was from Ballina in County Mayo,” Mr McCabe told the Dundalk Democrat. “I have had a chance to look up any ancestors on Ancestry.com but it‘s definitely something that I’ve have been meaning to do!”
McCabe says he does not know of any direct possible relatives in the area.
“I don’t know if there are any in Dundalk, but there must be. I do have relatives in Dublin who I have visited. I’m in Ireland quite often in fact.
McCabe was quick to point out that sentimentality had nothing to do with the decision to come to Dundalk.
“We are purely here for business reasons.”
The Dundalk Democrat asked him how if the corporate tax rate alluded to by An Taoiseach was the key driver behind Paypal locating in Ireland.
“No. It’s the people. I’ve been here since Monday, and it has struck me how passionate people are here about the brand.”
These comments were reinforced by his Preident of Paypal, Mr David Markus who told the paper that he “fascinated” and excited by the people of Dundalk.