Such is life. We could go on about apples (real ones, not computers) being shipped from places like Chile to Canada, although I'm sure the Chilean farmers appreciate it.
BTW, I heard about a case once where a letter was mailed from the US to another address in the US... it took four months to arrives and had been postmarked - twice - in Vietnam.
Still, shipping from Cork to England to Northern Ireland doesn't make a lot of sense.
I agree this is crazy. On the green front though, how much packaging has apple saved by basically eliminating cd's in the music world? Itunes may be the single green-ist invention ever