David Curtin, chief executive, IEDR

Demand for .ie domain names growing steadily
David Curtin, chief executive, IEDR

Steady demand from Irish micro-businesses and sole traders exists for a .ie domain name, according to latest figures from the IE Domain Registry (IEDR).

It reports that new .ie domain registrations for the first three months of the year totaled 9,398, a 12.2pc increase on the previous quarter. Registrations grew each month steadily at 3,053, 3,184 and 3,161 for January, February, and March, respectively.

“The New Year can be a tough time for small business owners, in particular, so it’s really encouraging to see that many of the new registrations came from sole traders, some of them just starting out,” said David Curtin, chief executive of the IEDR.

The total number of .ie domains now stands at 177,720. In the first quarter of the year, IEDR reached another milestone with the registration of Ireland’s 175,000th .ie domain – www.teaemporium.ie.

This is the website of Camilla’s Tea Emporium based on Eyre Square in Galway city. Set up in 2005, the company owned by Modestas Ramanauskas specializes in selling a wide range of fine teas and coffees from around the world to customers and trade.

Ramanauskas said: “We registered a .ie domain for our website TeaEmporium.ie so that people would know we are an Irish business and find us easily online. It was important for us that customers would associate our website with the business we’ve worked to establish on Eyre Square in Galway.

“With TeaEmporium.ie, the website name and .ie extension have really helped us to achieve our objective of giving customers a secure online shop from which to buy and transact with us, wherever in the world they are.”