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Introduced March 2015
TLD type top-level domain
Status Delegated
Intended use Irish diaspora
Registration restrictions No IDNs initially.
Website Dot-Irish

.irish is a new generic top-level domain (gTLD). The rights to run the domain was applied for in June 2012 by Dot-Irish LLC, a for profit company in California, United States,[1] as part of an expansion of generic top-level domains by ICANN. This application was successful[2] and the domain opened for registrations on 17 March 2015. The TLD will not offer IDNs domain names from launch but may introduce them later if there is a demand from the market.

The first phase of domain name registrations, the Sunrise lasts from 17 March 2015 to 16 May 2015 and is for Trademark registrations. The second phase, the Land Rush, lasts from 21 May 2015 to 20 June 2015. This is where people can submit applications for non-trademarked and potentially highly valued domain names. Domain names for which multiple applications have been received will go to auction between the interested parties. The third phase, General Availability is from 25 June 2015. This third phase is when the TLD opens for general registration.[3]

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