Blacknight Sponsors INEX Gala for 2500 ICANN delegates in Dublin

International coordinator of Internet identifiers will hold its first meeting in Ireland next week

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will hold its first ever meeting in Ireland next week and Blacknight is joining with the Irish hosts, INEX, to throw a party for 2,500 delegates in Dublin. 'That Night in Dublin' will feature music, comedy, food and drink in multiple venues in Dublin's Dame Lane. Blacknight is a long-standing participant in ICANN and its CEO, Michele Neylon, is currently serving a third term as chair of ICANN's Registrar Stakeholder Group. The company is looking forward to welcoming the international Internet community to Ireland.

ICANN is coming to Dublin, and Blacknight is throwing a party to welcome the delegates.

On Monday October 19th, Dame Lane in Dublin city centre will come alive for ‘That Night in Dublin’, with live music, comedy and storytelling, food and drink, designed to put on “a real Dublin party” for the delegates attending the meeting of ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

ICANN is an international not-for-profit corporation which promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers: IP addresses and domain names. It coordinates the Internet's naming system internationally and plays an important role in the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

Participation is based on a ‘multi-stakeholder model’, and is free to all. ICANN holds three major meetings a year, and its 54th meeting - including its 2015 AGM - will be its first in Ireland.

More than 2,500 delegates are expected to visit Dublin for ICANN 54, which will take place at the Convention Centre Dublin from 18 - 22 October 2015.

ICANN 54 is hosted by INEX, Ireland's Internet Peering Point. The gala ‘That Night in Dublin’ is being organised by INEX with the sponsorship of Blacknight, IDA Ireland, IE Domain Registry, InterConnect Communications and Visit Dublin.

Blacknight is Ireland’s largest web hosting company and the only Irish domain name registrar accredited with ICANN. The company has a long history of participation in Internet governance and its CEO, Michele Neylon, is currently serving a third term as chairman of the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group.

For Neylon, it’s a perfect opportunity to showcase Ireland to the international Internet community.

"As an Irish Internet company, and a member of INEX, we’re delighted to have this opportunity to support them in welcoming ICANN 54 to Dublin, and to sponsor what promises to be an ICANN Gala to remember”, he said.

"Dublin is a great city to meet in, to work and to socialise, and we’re proud to show off our capital’s hospitality to the international technology industry."

'That Night In Dublin' is designed to have a festival atmosphere, with entertainments from traditional music to storytelling to rock music, spread between a number of venues in Dame Lane.

“The idea is to facilitate networking”, explained Eileen Gallagher, head of Marketing and Membership Development with INEX. “The opportunity to network with other delegates is key to a successful meeting and the multi-venue aspect will enable delegates to move between venues and a wide variety of experiences for a true night out in Dublin.”

Welcoming Blacknight's support of the gala, she continued: "Blacknight are long-standing contributors to ICANN and we are delighted to host the event here in Dublin and to bring this large Internet community to our home soil. Blacknight’s contribution to the sponsorship of ‘That Night in Dublin’ means that we can give delegates a welcome and a night that they will remember long after ICANN54."

About Blacknight

Blacknight ( are an Irish based, ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company. Recipients of several awards for their revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight are one of Europe’s most cutting edge Internet companies. Blacknight constantly seek to lead the way by introducing innovative solutions for its client base and provide dedicated servers and co-location as well as a comprehensive range of Microsoft Windows and Linux based hosting services and domain name registration services to business globally. IP transit services and other solutions for more demanding business and academic customers are offered a la carte. Fibre broadband services for both business and domestic users are also available throughout most of Ireland.

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