Blacknight Announce Launch of .irish TLD

Registrants may now register their own .irish domain names

Starting March 17th 2015, St Patrick's Day, companies and individuals around the world will be able to register their own .irish domain names. The .irish domain name is aimed at the global Irish community with trademark holders being given the option to register their names starting March 17th and "landrush" starting May 21. The domain names will be available to everyone on a "first come, first served" basis starting June 25th 2015.

Blacknight are pleased to announce that .irish domains are about to become available beginning March 17, 2015 - St Patrick's Day.

Blacknight, Ireland’s leading domain registrar and hosting company are proud to add the .irish TLD, the Internet extension for all things Irish, to their domain offerings.

Encouraged for use by individuals, businesses, brands and organizations with an Irish identity, A .irish domain is an excellent tool for establishing a distinctive and meaningful online presence. .irish is operated by the Dot-Irish LLC registry, which identifies as an organization that represents the diversity of the Irish diaspora. Dot-Irish is committed to providing the global Irish community with a distinctive digital identity that will help the community connect, grow and prosper.

Blacknight, which is an entirely Irish owned and operated business has a strong history of commitment in-country and have recently opened a data centre in Carlow in an effort to keep all of their primary operations within Ireland.

“We are very proud to be an Irish business and know many of our customers are proud Irish business owners and citizens,” explains Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon. “We are very pleased to be able to offer .irish domains to our customers and are eager to see all the innovative ways the domain will be used.”

Blacknight will be offering .irish domains during all phases of release from sunrise through general availability. The Sunrise period will begin March 17 and continue through May 16. This time frame offers priority registration for trademark holders. Landrush, which is the designated window to submit applications for high value domain names follows from May 21 through June 20. .irish domains will be available to the general public beginning June 25, 2015.

Registrants are also invited to be among the first in the world to have a .irish domain by applying to the founders program.

To register a .irish domain go to any ICANN accredited domain registrar like Blacknight. .irish domains maybe registered for any period between 1 and 10 years and will be available for use shortly after registration.

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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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