We have some great news for anyone with connections or relations with Ireland. As of March 1, 2017 prices for the Irish TLD .irish have gone down!
Up until now, .irish domains have been available for $47.82 at A rates*. Now, we're happy to announce they're available for just $19.36 at A rates*. That's quite a significant drop. And while this is great news for those who identify with Ireland in one way or another, no matter what time of year it is, this news also comes just in time to get a domain before the one Irish holiday the whole world enjoys. So happy St. Patrick's Day, .irish!
Register a .irish?
*Prices in USD. See .irish price page for local pricing (including Euros and Pounds sterling)
Worldwide, there are now more than 100 million people of Irish descent, and Irish identity continues to stretch across the globe with Irish nationals traveling and living abroad totaling some 3 million persons. The Irish identity is so strong and so broadly-known that it tends to be cheapened by plastic paddys and shamrockery.
The .irish TLD is perfect for individuals in Ireland or the Irishdiaspora to own their Irish identity, for Irish businesses to present their Irishness to the world, and of course to bring that community of 100 million together.
That’s why we’re happy to announce that from 1 June 2016 at midnight UTC until 30 June 2016 a minute before midnight UTC, .irish domains are on sale at Gandi for $6.50 per year.
So there’s no better time than now to be .irish online with a .irish domain.
To be honest, it kind of bugs us that there are those who only think about Ireland and the .irish on St. Patrick's Day. As a result, all they know about either is shamrocks and leprechaun, "luck-o-the-Irish" and beer that's dyed green.
Well, we couldn't be further from St. Patrick's Day, but we want to show our love for all things .Irish just to spite the types we talked about above. Domains in the .irish extension are available until November 10December 31, 2015February 29, 2016 for just $15.00, versus the normal $47.82 at A rates.
So there's no better time than now to get one. Let the ones who only ever think of the Irish in March pay full-price.
Web Summit was created in Dublin in 2010 by Paddy Cosgrave. This year for the fifth annual summit, more than 30,000 attendees and 1,000 speakers. Over the course of just three days, twenty-one cycles of conferences covering the themes you might expect in a tech conference like design, marketing, e-commerce, Big Data (how could it not, really), as well as topics you might not expect, like mobile healthcare and the question of whether we actually live in a post-capitalist society.
So, to celebrate both this amazing event and the beautiful city of Dublin where Web Summit is taking place for the last time before it moves to Lisbon next year (a beautiful city as well, don't get us wrong), we've concocted our own Happy Hour special.
Through Web Summit, from November 2 through November 5, domains in the .BEER, .PUB, .BAR and .IRISH TLDs are at half price if you register them for one year during Happy Hour. But, of course, Happy Hour doesn't last all night. This deal is only valid on each of these days between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM in Dublin (same as UTC).
So, join us for a .beer (in an .irish .pub or .bar) during Web Summit, and if you're lucky enough to be one of the 30,000 attendees, tweet us @gandi_net so we can meet up for Irish beer IRL too!
Today, the .irish extension enters the GoLive phase, and it has us dreaming of the Emerald Isle, its people, and its poetry.
In the poem "Dublin", Louis MacNeice wrote:
This never was my town, I was not born or bred Nor schooled here and she will not Have me alive or dead But yet she holds my mind With her seedy elegance, With her gentle veils of rain And all her ghosts that walk And all that hide behind Her Georgian facades – The catcalls and the pain, The glamour of her squalor, The bravado of her talk.
Ireland never was our country either, but yet she holds our mind …
If she's on your mind too, now you can buy a .irish domain for one-year for $47.82 at A rates.
Edited 6/24. Our banner for this announcement originally contained something that, we confess, was a distasteful attempt at humor on our part.
It's Saint Patrick's Day and so it seems only too appropriate that .IRISH is entering the Sunrise phase, which will last until May 16, 2015 on a first-come, first-served basis. Ireland, of course, is a land of verdant green, Guinness beer, potatoes, rain and poetry. To inspire you to register a .IRISH domain this spring, we leave you with what was recently voted Ireland's favorite poem of the last 100 years in a Raidió Teilifís Éireann poll, When all the others were away at Mass (from Clearances III - In Memoriam M.K.H., 1911-1984) by Seamus Heaney, a fiercely Irish poet if ever there was one:
When all the others were away at Mass I was all hers as we peeled potatoes. They broke the silence, let fall one by one Like solder weeping off the soldering iron: Cold comforts set between us, things to share Gleaming in a bucket of clean water. And again let fall. Little pleasant splashes From each other's work would bring us to our senses.
So while the parish priest at her bedside Went hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying And some were responding and some crying I remembered her head bent towards my head, Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives-- Never closer the whole rest of our lives.
The Landrush phase will last from May 21 to June 20, 2015, and the GoLive phase will begin June 25 at 9 a.m. PST.
The prices (Sunrise, Landrush and GoLive) of a one-year registration are as follows, all at A rates:
Remember, the Sunrise phase is for TMCH-registered trademark holders. Contact our corporate support team if you have a TMCH-registered trademark (or would like help registering your existing trademark at TMCH) in order to register one of these new gTLDs during Sunrise. If you are not among the trademarked, you can still pre-register for the Landrush or GoLive phases. We'll submit your order at the earliest possible moment – as soon as your chosen phase begins – for the best chance of success.