How to Register your .Irish domain name

The distinctive digital identity that clearly says ‘Irish’

Registering a .IRISH domain name is a great way to protect and promote your unique Irish identity whether it’s for a small, medium or large business, or a person in Ireland or elsewhere in the world. Registration is easy as there are no restrictive eligibility criteria so if the domain name is available, you can register it through one of the accredited registrars below.

Higher value premium domain names are also available for registration many of which include industry leading generic terms and popular keywords such as food, technology, finance, travel, sport, music etc. For more information about premium domain names, please e-mail us today.

Availability FAQs

Answers to common questions about the .IRISH domain, registrations and disputes.

  • How do I register a .IRISH web domain name?

    You can register your .IRISH domain name with any of the ICANN accredited .IRISH registrars listed on this web site.

  • If I register a .IRISH domain name with an accredited registrar, how quickly can I start using my new web address?

    Once the registry has been updated, the information in the database is shared with the Internet’s zone files worldwide. This sharing process is called ‘propagation’, because the new information about your domain spreads or propagates across the Internet. The zone files are propagated frequently, every day of the year. We cannot control the rate at which the millions of name servers on the Internet are updated but generally your domain should be available to Internet users within a very short period.

  • Can I use my .IRISH domain for e-mail e.g.,

    Yes, you can definitely do so. While most Registrars offer this ability as part of their offerings, you should make sure to select a Registrar partner that will offer you this capability.

  • What is the Sunrise period and who can register in this phase?

    This is a special priority registration period (60 days) during which the business community and other trademark holders can protect their unique brand names and trademarks from possible infringements by submitting the appropriate trademark records to the Trademark Clearing House. To access the exclusive priority-registration period, your trademark information needs to be validated by the Trademark Clearinghouse.

  • What is the (TMCH) Trademark Clearinghouse?

    The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) is a key rights protection mechanism for trademark holders and is operated by Deloitte and IBM. The Clearinghouse provides a centralized database of verified trademarks connected to new TLDs and as such, is a valuable first line of defense for brand owners. Please note you must have your trademark in the Clearinghouse to be able to register your corresponding domain name during the Sunrise period.

  • What is a claims period?

    This is a period, typically the first 90 days of general availability, during which the Trademark Clearinghouse continues to notify trademark holders that have registered in the Clearinghouse during the Sunrise Period of any potential trademark infringements.

  • How does the Sunrise auction process work?

    If more than one application is received for a particular domain name during the Sunrise period, this will be resolved by way of auction at the end of the Sunrise period.

  • What is the Landrush period and who can register during this phase?

    This is a premium phase open to the general public during which much sought after, high value domain names that are not trademarks can be registered. If multiple applications are received for the same domain name during the Landrush phase, an auction will be held to give applicants the opportunity to bid for the particular domain name in question and this will determine its allocation.

  • What is the Founders Program and who can apply?

    The Founders Program is a unique opportunity for selected applicants to be among the very first businesses, brands, organisations and people in the world to own and launch a .IRISH web address before the general public has a chance to do so. Founders can include people and organisations representing a broad spectrum of Irish life and culture in Ireland, UK and US where the global Irish community is heavily concentrated. Typically, Founders should have the ability to influence and inspire future usage of the .IRISH top level domain.

  • How do I buy during the General Availability period?

    The General Availability period is open to the  public. When this period commences, any domain names that have not yet been registered during previous launch phases or have not been reserved, allocated, or designated as premium names by the registry can be registered in real time by the public through any of the accredited .IRISH registrars.

  • How long can I buy a .IRISH domain name for?

    You can register your .IRISH domain name for period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 years.

  • What are ‘created on’ dates and what do they mean?

    Each domain name record in the WHOIS has a ‘created on’ date, which is the date that the record was created in the registry database.

  • How do I transfer my domain name?

    For Registrant-to-Registrant Transfers, the registrant should update the contact information through the sponsoring registrar and you must do this through the registrar. For Registrar-to-Registrar Transfers, you will need to obtain the authorization code from the current sponsoring registrar of the domain. Please consult the WHOIS to find out who the sponsoring registrar is. After you receive your authorization code, supply it to the winning registrar. The winning registrar can then initiate the transfer. Once initiated, the transfer will be completed within the five-day grace period.