Online marketplace, eBay today launched its first dedicated Irish website with a major charity drive.
Celebrities took turns on Europe’s biggest bungee crane on Dublin’s docks to raise funds for DEBRA Ireland
eBay, which has 200,000 registered members in Ireland, already employs 800 people at its European Customer Support and PayPal headquarters in Blanchardstown.
Ireland managing director David Jesse said: “With 10 years of experience, eBay is excited to enter the Irish market and plans to deliver to Irish eBayers a marketplace that’s as vibrant, fun and trusted as every other eBay marketplace around the world.
“There are more than 200,000 registered eBay community members in Ireland so the time is right to create a dedicated site for our Irish users allowing them to create their own local eBay marketplace.”
Celebrities who plunged from the 250-feet high crane over the River Liffey today included Rose of Tralee Tamara Gervasoni; Radio DJ Dusty Rhodes; D-Side’s Dane Guiden and Big Brother star Ray Shah.
DEBRA Ireland supports children and adults with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare genetic skin disorder that causes their skin to tear and blister at the slightest touch.
Irish people were urged to bid for their favourite celebrity on eBay by purchasing a DEBRA pin for two euro plus 50 cents postage.
All funds raised from today’s launch will support medical research and medical care of EB patients.
Founded by US engineer Pierre Omidyar in 1995, eBay has over 147m registered users, 50,000 categories and 50 million items available at any time globally.
The dedicated Irish website, which went live today, allows buyers and sellers based in Ireland to meet and trade conveniently in their local currency.
The UK eBay site, which has over 3 million items for sale, reached the 10m users milestone in February.