A total of 33,815 new .ie domains were registered in the first six months of 2021, according to the latest .IE Domain Profile Report.
That was up 1.6% on the same period last year and marked the best first half-year period on record for new .ie domain registrations, the report from the company that manages Ireland’s country domain name claims.
At the end of June 2021, there was a total 324,074 .ie domains in the database, up 9.6% on the same period last year.
‘These figures are good news for the Irish economy given that new domain registrations are a forward indicator of digital intent and future e-commerce activity,’ David Curtin, Chief Executive of .IE, said.
The .ie domain holds the highest market share of all hosted top-level domain names in Ireland accounting for 51% of the total, according to the figures.
The .com domain has a 32% market share, followed by .uk with 8% and .net with 2%.
The report says Ireland is the second fastest-growing country code domain in Europe, behind Portugal, with 9.6% growth year-on-year.
‘Authentically Irish and trusted at home and internationally, the .ie domain remains the domain of choice for Irish businesses and individuals,’ Mr Curtin said.