Here are some of the questions we have been asked about the .ie short domain release process. If you have any other questions, please let us know on the contact form here, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

General Questions

What domain names will be released by this process ?

The release process removes the minimum length requirement from the .ie registration policy, permitting registration of approximately 700 additional one character and two letter domain names such as a.ie, 1.ie, ab.ie etc.

Note that registration of two character .ie domains is already permitted where one of the characters is a digit (for example, domains such as u2.ie and 99.ie were already allowed under the current policy).

Are there any excluded domains ?

A small number of short domains have been excluded from the process by the registry for commercial reasons or to avoid possible confusion:

ie.ie, ei.ie, ir.ie, us.ie, uk.ie, ni.ie, co.ie, eu.ie, ec.ie, ip.ie, ns.ie, me.ie, rr.ie, ds.ie

Additionally, the domain ul.ie was already registered before the current policy came into force.

As Sunrise and Landrush have ended, any domains registered during those phases are similarly excluded from Pre-release. Our application form will show what domains can still be applied for.

What fees are charged ?

(Update: Sunrise, Landrush and Pre-release have ended, any remaining short domains can be registered in the normal way at https://www.irishdomains.com).

Sunrise Application fee is €479+VAT.

Landrush Application fee is €179+VAT.

Pre-release Appliucation fee is €29.99+VAT.

Multiple competing applications are possible during Sunrise and Landrush. During Pre-release, we will take only a single application for any domain not already registered during Landrush or Sunrise.

Sunrise, Landrush and Pre-release application fees are non-refundable.

Is the application fee refundable ?

Application fees are non-refundable – this is a priority application process and success is not guaranteed in the event of multiple applicants for the same domain during Sunrise or Landrush. During Pre-release, we will take only one application for any remaining domain, however other registrars may implement their own pre-release queue, so while it is very likely that your application will be submitted to the registry before any other it cannot be absolutely guaranteed. For that reason we advise all applicants to carefully check their eligibility under the .ie rules.

Is the registration fee included ?

Yes, the Sunrise, Landrush and Pre-release application fees include registration of the domain name for 1 year if the applicant is awarded the domain.

What will the renewal fee be ?

There is no difference in renewal pricing for short .ie domains, the standard .ie renewal fee (currently €29.95+VAT) will apply.

Do I need to be based in Ireland to register a domain ?

Applicants for .ie domains are required to demonstrate a “real and substantive connection with Ireland”.

Because Sunrise applications will be from holders of marks with protection in Ireland (including CTM and International marks designating Ireland) this requirement is automatically met, the holder does not need to have a presence in Ireland.

Landrush applications will be open to all applicants who satisfy the standard registration criteria for .ie domains. For Landrush you also do not have to have an actual presence in Ireland, but if based outside Ireland will have to provide evidence of the connection (such as evidence of trade or intent to trade in Ireland, provision of content or services targeted at Irish residents etc).

The full .ie registration policy can be viewed here: IE Registration Requirements

Can I register a domain with fadas or other accented characters ?

The only allowed characters in a one or two character .ie domain name are the digits 0-9 and the alphanumeric characters a-z. The hyphen or dash character “” cannot be used as the first or last character of a domain.

Accented characters in a trademark can not be used as the basis of registration during the current release process, however there are proposals to allow IDN characters (specifically vowels with fadas used in the Irish Language) in .ie domains at a future date. There may be a similar release process during 2016 for such domains.

Landrush Questions (Ended)

What are the important dates for Landrush ?
  • The official start of Landrush period is 21st February 2016.
  • The Landrush period ends on 22nd March 2016.
  • Auctions for contended Landrush domains will start 29th March 2016.
  • Sunrise Auctions will end on 12th April 2016.
  • Any remaining domains will be released to general availability in late April
Who can register a domain during Landrush?

During Landrush, the normal .ie eligibility rules apply (link below).

In general, .ie domain names can be registered to individuals, corporate entities and certain other classes of organization such as state agencies and unincorporated associations such as partnerships, clubs etc. The overarching requirement is for a “real and substantive connection to Ireland”.

As well as simply being eligible to register .ie domains, the applicant must demonstrate a link to the domain name being registered, that is, they must be able to show why they should be allowed register each particular domain in accordance with the registration policy.

The full .ie registration policy can be viewed here: IE Registration Requirements

Sunrise Questions (Ended)

What are the important dates for Sunrise ?
  • Sunrise applications can be submitted here from 1nd November 2015
  • The official start of Sunrise period is 16th November 2015.
  • The Sunrise period ends on 16th December 2015.
  • Non-contended Sunrise domains will go live from 21st December 2015
  • Auctions for contended Sunrise domains will start 24th January 2016.
  • Sunrise Auctions will end by 7th February 2016.

 

What types of trademarks are eligible for Sunrise ?

Holders of the following trademarks may apply during Sunrise:

  • Irish trademarks,
  • Community trademarks,
  • International trademarks designating Ireland,
  • UK trademarks where the registered company address on the trademark database is located within the Island of Ireland.

The mark must exactly match the domain being sought, please refer to the Sunrise eligibility rules.

Does my trademark have to match exactly ?

The Domain Name applied for must be identical to all text or word elements contained in the eligible Trademark.

The recorded name of the Trademark must be an identical match to the reported name, as long as the name of the Trademark includes letters, words, numerals, keyboard signs, and punctuation marks (“Characters”) that are:

  • Predominant
  • Clearly separable or distinguishable from the device element
  • All predominant characters included in the Trademark Record provided in the Sunrise application are in the same order they appear in the mark.

A domain name containing a plural version of the mark is not considered to be an identical match, and will not be considered eligible during Sunrise.

If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark includes one or more spaces between letters, the spaces should be removed.

If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark includes a special character (such as -, @, !, §, %, ^, © or &), these characters should be omitted.

NOTE: In the event that there is any doubt surrounding the eligibility of the trademark, the decision will be referred to external specialists with thorough knowledge of both national and regional Trademark law.

Examples

  • If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark is AB, then the domain name string that is applicable must be AB for it to be deemed an identical match.
  • If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark is “A&E”, the “&” is deemed a special character that cannot be represented in a domain name string. As such, it will be omitted, and the domain name label that would be considered as applicable could be “AE”.
  • If a Trademark Holder’s registered mark is áé, the trademark would not be eligible to participate in Sunrise, but would be during Landrush or General Availability, provided the domain has not already been registered.
I have applied for a trademark, can I use it to get a short domain ?

Unfortunately pending trademarks are not allowed during Sunrise, only registered marks are eligible.

All rights must have been obtained prior to July 30th, 2014.

Can I use a figurative (graphic) trademark to get a short domain ?

Figurative trademarks are eligible for Sunrise provided they meet the other criteria.

The Domain Name applied for must be identical to all text or word elements contained in the eligible Trademark.

The recorded name of the Trademark must be an identical match to the reported name, as long as the name of the Trademark includes letters, words, numerals, keyboard signs, and punctuation marks (“Characters”) that are:

  • Predominant
  • Clearly separable or distinguishable from the device element
  • All predominant characters included in the Trademark Record provided in the Sunrise application are in the same order they appear in the mark.

A domain name containing a plural version of the mark is not considered to be an identical match, and will not be considered eligible during Sunrise.

If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark includes one or more spaces between letters, the spaces should be removed.

If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark includes a special character (such as -, @, !, §, %, ^, © or &), these characters should be omitted.

NOTE: In the event that there is any doubt surrounding the eligibility of the trademark, the decision will be referred to external specialists with thorough knowledge of both national and regional Trademark law.

Examples

  • If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark is AB, then the domain name string that is applicable must be AB for it to be deemed an identical match.
  • If the Trademark Holder’s registered mark is “A&E”, the “&” is deemed a special character that cannot be represented in a domain name string. As such, it will be omitted, and the domain name label that would be considered as applicable could be “AE”.
  • If a Trademark Holder’s registered mark is áé, the trademark would not be eligible to participate in Sunrise, but would be during Landrush or General Availability, provided the domain has not already been registered.

 

Can I register just the initial letters of my trademark ?

You cannot omit alphanumeric characters that are in your mark. So if you have a trademark for “Acme Widgets” you could not use it to register aw.ie during Sunrise, although it might be possible later during Landrush if the domain is still available.

Pre-release Questions

When can I submit a pre-release application?

Pre-release applications can be submitted from the end of the Landrush process to the 9am on the morning of General Availability (Monday 16th May 2016).

Am I guaranteed to get the domain I want?

Irish Domains will accept only one pre-release application for any given domain. However it is possible that other registrars will also accept pre-release applications so although our automated submission process greatly increases the chance of getting your preferred domain, it cannot be guaranteed.