Direct Registrants

Important information notice

Overview – Direct Registrants

All .ie domain holders are now customers of our Registrars, companies that manage .ie domains. You will find these listed on our accredited .ie Registrar page. However, previously some people chose to come to us directly to get their domain(s). This has now changed.

Demand for the ‘direct’ services had reduced considerably.  For this reason, as of 31 March 2020, the direct registration service is no longer available. As of this date, we transferred all direct registrations to an accredited .ie Registrar, 101 Domain.

To explain what this means, we created a list of frequently asked questions. If you still need more information, please email and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

The direct registration service had been available for those wishing to manage .ie domains directly with us at .IE, without the support of an accredited .ie Registrar.

Other products like hosting, web design and email had not been available under this service.

The direct registration service is no longer  available as of 31 March 2020.

We carried out a fair, transparent process to select a suitably qualified accredited .ie Registrar to manage the direct registrations from 31 March 2020.

As of this date, we transferred all direct registrations to an accredited .ie Registrar, 101 Domain.

This means that .ie domains previously managed via the direct registration service were transferred to 101 Domain.

You are able to manage your .ie domains using this Registrar’s platform.

About 101 Domain

101 Domain is a .ie and ICANN accredited Registrar. They have over 20 years of domain name experience supporting hundreds of thousands of customers around the world.

Their Ireland office is in the IFSC, Dublin 2. They offer a variety of services including:

  • Full Online Presence Services: Including domain registration, website and email hosting, easy website builder, SSL certificates, Secure Web Accelerator powered by Cloudflare, and Google G Suite.
  • Account Security: Protects your property with world-class security, including free 2-factor authentication, DNSSEC, IP Logging, Registry and Account Locks.
  • Corporate Brand Services: From Domain Name Portfolio Management to Domain Acquisition Services, 101 Domain offers professional managed services on a global scale for your brand protection strategy.

Accredited .ie Registrars are professional companies, organisations or individuals who have proven knowledge and expertise in managing .ie domains.

Information on these companies can be found on our accredited .ie Registrar page.

Your .ie domain registration is still registered in the .ie database, which we manage.

The management of .ie domains that were registered under the direct registration service have been transferred to an accredited .ie Registrar, 101 Domain. You are able to manage the billing of your .ie domain with this Registrar.

You can renew your .ie domain with the appointed accredited .ie Registrar, 101 Domain.

You can transfer to a different accredited .ie Registrar at any time. We explain how to do this on our Find or change your Registrar page.


We did extensive analysis of the service and decided to end direct registration services for a number of reasons. Most country registries have already stopped and others are about to do so. We’ve outlined some of our reasons below:

  • Demand for the service was declining for some time
    → Less than 2,000 domains were registered through the direct registration channel (less than 1% of  the .ie database).
  • The .ie internet ecosystem has changed a lot since the introduction of the service
    → There are now more experienced, professional accredited .ie Registrars (over 130 companies).
    → These companies offer a range of services, product bundles, user-friendly platforms, and    competitive pricing options.

101 Domain will discuss this with you. Registrars typically offer different pricing plans and service bundles. It is a very competitive market and you can shop around if you would like to discuss your requirements with other Registrars.

It is important to note that Personal Data associated with your .ie domain registrations was also transferred to the accredited .ie Registrar, 101 Domain, as of 31 March 2020.

‘Personal data’ includes the names, address, email address which you provided during the initial registration process and subsequently. No passwords will be transferred. Please note that we did not retain credit card details for any customers.

You can transfer your .ie domain registrations to your preferred accredited .ie Registrar at any time.

You can email us at and we will be happy to help.