once had it's European Headquarters in Ireland just
outside Limerick City, at Raheen Industrial Park. The
building lay dormant after it's closure in 1985 until Dell
Computer purchased it for their European Manufacturing HQ.
It is known that the VCS 2600, Atari 600XL and 800XL were
built here. Over 750 people had been
employed by both manufacturing facilities at one time.
Atari also based it's European
manufacturing plant for Arcade Games in Tipperary Town. The plant
changed ownership to Warner Communications after the sale
of Atari in 1984, and became "Atari Games Ireland Limited" (AGIL), now owned by Namco Corp.
May 1999, Namco closed the 18 year old former Atari
Games Plant in Tipperary town. Like all company closures, this
matter was raised in the Irish Parliament, you can read
the transcript of this discussion by clicking the icon on
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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
"Christmas, 1984. The Irish
massacre. Atari Corp., a name synonymous
with consumer electronics, fires 250 Irish workers and permanently
closes a manufacturing plant (Limerick) that has been heavily subsidized by the