Press: New .ie domains to go on sale for the first time

David Curtin
on May 9th, 2019

Press release:, and domains to go on sale for the first time this week.

  • IE Domain Registry will make the domains available to qualifying trademark holders from 8 May
  • Following this restricted phase, domains that are still available will be open for registration by the general public
  • IE Domain Registry CEO: “The release of these three domains will provide Irish businesses and organisations with an exciting opportunity to improve their brand presence with a memorable and compelling web address.”

The, and domains will go on sale for the first time from 8 May, IE Domain Registry, the company responsible for managing Ireland’s country domain name has announced.

In the initial “Sunrise Phase” from 8 May–6 June 2019, qualifying trademark holders will be given the chance to register the names.

Domains that are still available after this phase will be made available to members of the general public who meet the standard .ie registration criteria. This phase will provisionally commence on 19 July and remain open for 30 days.

If multiple parties apply for the same domain name in either of these two phases, an auction will be held. The winning bidder will be allowed to register the name.

In the final “General Availability Phase”, the remaining domains will be open to registration through the normal .ie application process.

Further information on the registration process for these names and the release dates is available at

New opportunities, and were recently made available following a review of .ie domain registration rules by the IE Domain Registry’s Policy Advisory Committee.

Commenting on the release of the domains, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry, said:

“The release of these three domains will provide Irish businesses and organisations with an exciting opportunity to improve their brand presence with a memorable and compelling web address.

“The .ie extension remains Ireland’s first choice for an online presence – for a website or an email address. To local customers, it represents trust; to international customers, authenticity. Initiatives like the release of, and are a continuation of IE Domain Registry’s work to make the .ie namespace more open and accessible to those with a connection to Ireland.  These initiatives will enable more people to connect with communities and customers online, and engage in e-commerce.”

Read more in Tech News (9/5/19)



Note to editors:

Further information on the release of, and can be found on the IE Domain Registry website:


For media enquiries, contact:

Nuala Ryan | | 01 637 1777 | 083 421 2733

Nicola Forde | | 01 637 1777 | 087 205 5541


About IE Domain Registry

IE Domain Registry is the national registry for .ie domain names and is responsible for the management and administration of Ireland’s official internet domain, .ie, in the interest of the Irish and global internet communities. It operates the domain name system (DNS) for the .ie namespace, facilitates an independent dispute resolution service with WIPO, and operates a public WHOIS lookup service for .ie domains.

The company’s mission is to provide unique, identifiably Irish domain names, along with registry and related services to the local and international internet community. Currently, there are over 262,000 registered .ie domain names.

It is committed to being a digital advocate for the SME community. Through the OPTIMISE Programme and stakeholder engagement initiatives, the company works with, and supports, SMEs to improve their online presence and e-commerce capabilities.

IE Domain Registry produces fact-based research for the business community and policymakers, such as the annual SME Digital Health Index, which provides key insights into the digital health of SMEs.

The company is focused on providing excellence in customer service through its ongoing customer experience (CX) innovation and improvement programmes. Since March 2018, it is now easier and faster to register a .ie domain name.

Based in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, IE Domain Registry employs 22 people.

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