European Domains: Ireland (.ie)
Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the Irish domain type, ie. “ie”. Therefore to search “www.bb-online.ie” enter “bb-online” and nothing else.
The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.
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Once the domain is registered
All Irish domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.
It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for Irish domains.
Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another Irish domain name registrar.
The IEDR is the registry for the ccTLD ".ie"and they maintain the database of ".ie" registered Internet names.
The IEDR is an independent not-for-profit organisation that manages the ".ie" country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) namespace in the public interest of the Irish and global Internet communities. Hence the IE Domain Registry is not a governing or regulatory body, but provides a public service for the ".ie" domain space on behalf of the Internet community.
The IEDR is a member of the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR). In line with the Best Practice Principles of IANA, ICANN and CENTR, the IEDR is committed to the concept of administering ".ie" throughout the 32 counties of Ireland in an open and transparent manner.
Below we introduce some of the tasks that the IEDR performs:
1. Administer the ".ie" Database
2. Update the ccTLD zone server
3. Operate the DNS for the ".ie" namespace
4. Operate the "directory" or lookup services for ".ie" domain
5. Protect registrants from deletion or suspension errors
6. Implement technical advances Organise and manage all technical aspects related to the registration.
7. Operate registry processes for new registrations, renewals, billing agent transfers, domain contact and hosting modifications.
8. Liaise with representative industry groups such as ISPAI and IIA
9. Promote the registration and continued use of ".ie" domains through initiatives with the Local Internet Community 10.Facilitate a Dispute Resolution Process (DRP) in conjunction with WIPO
11. Implement policies
12. Provide additional services in accordance with market demand and technical developments (ENUM, IDN, IPv6 etc)
All applicants applying for a ".ie" domain name who are not situated in the 32 counties of Ireland, must show a connection with Ireland. This can be done through acceptable documentation or demonstrating substantial trade or commercial activity with Ireland.
The following are examples of acceptable documentation:
• High-quality brochures
• Copies of invoices (showing trade to or from Ireland)
• A signed letter on headed paper from a bank manager, firm of chartered accountants, tax consultants (Please note that the tax advisor identification number must be displayed), registered auditors, or solicitors confirming the applicants trade with Ireland.
If you wish to register a name under the ".ie" domain make sure that the name meet the following criteria:
1. The characters which may be used in a domain name are the 26 letters (a-z) of the Roman alphabet.
2. The digits allowed in a domain name are 0-9 and the hyphen (-). Though please note that the hyphen may not be used in the beginning or the end of the domain name.
3. The hyphen can not be on the third and the fourth place due to the IDN's (International domain name) punycode.
4. Each name can not contain more than 63 characters and not less than two. (Has to be at least two letters)
5. The entire domain name, counting the separating dots, must be no longer than 255 characters.
6. A domain name proposed for registration by the IE Domain Registry must consist of a single such label followed by the suffix ".ie".
In order to register a domain name under the ccTLD ".ie" the following items must be provided:
1. The proposed name for the new domain and the full legal name of the applicant;
2. The Class of the applicant and the category of domain name;
3. The name and contact details of the contact persons for the domain;
4. The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of a minimum of two distinct nameservers for the new domain (the IP number of a nameserver should also be supplied where the FQDN of the nameserver is within the domain to be delegated);
5. A declaration that the applicant (and, where the request is made on behalf of the applicant by a service provider, also the service provider) accepts the conditions of liability and indemnity specified in Section 7 of this document.
Please note that the proposed domain name can not be offensive towards the public or go against the general accepted principles of morality. The proposed domain can neither contravene the geographical name regulation. This regulation requires that no domain name may consist of Irish geographical names and words.
It should also be noted that Irish domain names are available directly under ".ie", but only to registered companies. Individuals must register under ".name.ie" and the name servers used with a ".ie" domain name need to be set up in advance.
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.
In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.
The .ie domain was managed by University College, Dublin, Dublin, since its delegation from Jon Postel in 1989, until the creation of IE Domain Registry (IEDR) in 2000; the university is still the IANA Sponsoring Organization. The IEDR is consideredmore conservative than other similar authorities and places certain restrictions on registration. For example it has a policy against personal names. This is due to .ie ccTLD being a primarily business orientated ccTLD for Irish businesses and businesses doing business in or with Ireland.
Registration policies have been liberalised somewhat in recent years and rules such as the one against registering generic domain names have been dropped. Applicants for .ie domain names still have to provide proof of entitlement to the domain that they want to register.
The .ie ccTLD is operated on a managed registry basis by IEDR. As a result, some town and village websites (such as Killavullen) have opted for a .com domain instead. These websites are often voluntarily run by residents. Most of the town, city and county councils have registered their .ie domain. The .ie ccTLD has strong restrictions on the registration of geographic names and will generally permit only the town, city or county council to register such names.
The retail cost of a .ie domain can be anywhere from €50 to &euro200, a great deal more than a domain in a TLD such as .com or .net. This traditionally high price has ensured that .ie has grown more slowly than the number of Irish registered .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info domains. However IEDR has been reducing the wholesale (trade) price of .ie over the last few years and the number of registered .ie domains has been growing accordingly.
The normal way of registering a .ie domain is via a .ie Reseller though it is possible to register a domain directly through IEDR. A direct registration is typically more expensive.
There is no official second level domain policy yet. However some obvious second level domains such as edu.ie and gov.ie exist. There has been discussion in the Irish internet community over the years about introducing second level domains though little has been done.
The Irish Government uses subdomains of the gov.ie domain for many of its websites but each government department now has its own .ie domain. The main Irish Government portal website is at irlgov.ie.
A number of domain names, typically those of other TLDs, two letter domains and potentially offensive domains (such as porn.ie) are forbidden from being registered. However two character domains consisting of one letter and one number are permitted.The only exception to the two letter rule is the ul.ie domain which was registered by the University of Limerick before the rule came into effect. The domains in the forbidden category will return a record for a WHOIS query but they are not in the .ie zone.
In April 2008 the number of registered .ie domains exceeded 100,000. Part of that growth was due to the introduction of Personal Domain Names in October 2007. A Personal Domain Name allowed an individual to register their own name or a variant of itwith a utilities bill or passport as proof of entitlement. The .ie extension is growing in popularity in Ireland. While it has not yet surpassed the number of Irish owned .com domain names it is the preferred extension for new Irish businesses. Approximately 130 new .ie domains are registered each working day.
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