There were 1,807 new .ie domains registered in Galway in 2017 – representing a jump of 19.5 percent on the previous year, according to new IE Domain Registry report.
The report also revealed that 237,412 .ie domains are now registered in the database – a seven per cent increase on 2016, according to the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s official country domain name, .ie.
“The increase in registrations in Galway shows that local businesses have the confidence and willingness to invest in their online presence and digital processes,” said IEDR chief executive David Curtin.
The report also revealed that 3,318 new .ie domains were registered in Connacht in 2017, an increase of 21 per cent on the previous year.
Indeed the figures show that 2017 was the strongest year on record for the .ie database overall; 39,523 new .ie domains were registered in 2017, a 14 percent increase on 2016.
There are now 237,412 .ie domains in the database, a seven per cent increase on the previous year end and an almost 30 percent increase on five years ago.
IEDR also anticipates continued growth nationwide in 2018 as registration of .ie online addresses becomes easier and faster.
After March 2018, any individual or business with a provable connection to Ireland will be able to register any available .ie online address on a first-come, first-served basis.
Businesses, townlands, parishes and clubs are expected to be interested in the changes. Citizens will be able to register nicknames and short names for the first time.