To fit the profile for opening an Apple store in Ireland, it would make sense for Apple to focus on areas with high populations but low iPhone penetration levels.
Dublin is the only area in Ireland that would come close to those population numbers but most people already have iPhones in Ireland. Stores like Vodafone and the Carphone warehouse already sell the iPhone with a price plan.
When you consider Apple’s headquarters for Europe is in Ireland (Cork), this becomes a more interesting question!
However, I think in fact the simple answer is, why bother!
I’ve been reading a lot on the internet about the so-called fake Apple Stores in Asia, I understand that two have now been closed, not because of any reaction from Apple (yet), but because they were unlicensed.
Apple is obviously regarded well in Asia if stores are willing to fake it.
The closest we get to having an ‘Apple Store in Ireland is with the ‘CompuB’ stores. CompuB has some very nice stores in Dublin and Limerick and are the officially licenced reseller of Apple products.
There is however an Apple Store in Northern Ireland.
As of 2018, Apple’s has 506 stores across 25 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Apple stores, in themselves, are a tourist attraction, have you ever seen the stores in New York City? There are people outside actually taking photos… of a computer store!