Dublin dominates as 200,000 dot ie names registered
For Irish businesses registering a web address, there are now dozens of possibilities. But whereas recently-added options such as .irish and .rocks now compete with traditional favourites such as .com, Ireland's own .ie domain continues to show steady - if slow - growth among companies here.
According to the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), which is the organisation that has responsibility for allocating and managing .ie domains, there are now over 200,000 .ie domain names registered.
The agency said that .ie domains account for almost 50pc of the domain market in Ireland, followed by .com at 27pc.
It also said that the number of .ie domains has grown by 6.5pc per year, on average, over the last four years. That places Ireland 15th out of 19 EU countries when it comes to measuring national domain registrations per head of population.
Dublin dominates the rest of the country for the location of .ie domains registered, with almost half (47pc) of all .ie domains registered in the capital.
And Leinster accounts for 69pc of all .ie domain names registered in Ireland. Munster and Connacht follow at 18pc and 8pc, respectively. Ulster accounts for just 5pc of .ie domains registered in Ireland.
Dublin also has the highest rate of .ie domains registered per 1,000 population, with a rate of 69. This is followed by Wicklow (47) and Carlow (46). The Carlow figure is likely to be influenced by the location of Blacknight, Ireland's largest domain registration company.
Meanwhile, Donegal has the lowest .ie registration rate per head of population, with just 16 .ie registrations per 1,000 residents. Longford and Offaly also lag behind, at 19 .ie registrations per 1,000 population.
"Our data suggests that the government must accelerate broadband and other SME digital initiatives not just to get communities and businesses online, but to increase their awareness of the value of owning and managing digital assets, including their own domain names," said David Curtin, chief executive of the IEDR.
"But reaching the milestone of 200,000 .ie domain names is significant for Ireland. The number marks the extent to which all aspects of Irish life, from individuals and communities to businesses, have migrated online."
Ireland's 200,000th .ie domain name - registered to Limerick-based action adventure camp, www.BasecampAdventurePark.ie - was named to mark the release of the first 'IEDR .ie Domain Profile Report'.