Increase in number of .ie website registrations in Galway

Registrations for ‘.ie’ websites in Galway increased last year, as more businesses turn to e-commerce.

According to figures from IEDR (the IE Domain Registry), a total of 1,498 ‘.ie’ domains were registered in Galway during 2015, which is up 6% on the previous year. IE is the official website domain for Ireland.

The IEDR said the increase has been driven by the continued economic recovery.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “The increase in registrations in Galway, in line with the overall nationwide increase, indicates wider trends, including a continued economic recovery and confident adoption of digital media by Irish businesses.

“Still, plenty remains to be done, especially in rural areas. Access to broadband and enterprise programmes is limited in many places; Government and industry must continue to work together to promote website ownership and e-commerce.”

The total number of .ie domains in Galway stood at 8,388 at the end of 2015.

Overall .ie domain registrations in Connacht in 2015 totalled 2,915 – a 13% increase on the previous year.

A total of 35,225 Irish domains – almost 100 a day – were registered in 2015, an increase of 13% on 2014.

Nearly 50% of all .ie domains were registered by private companies and 25% by sole traders.