A total of 423 new .ie domains were registered in Mayo in the first half of 2018 (January 1 to June 30 ), according to the latest Domain Profile Report published this week by the IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s official internet country domain name, .ie.
The figure is a 24 per cent year-on-year increase. Overall new .ie domain registrations in Connacht in the first half of 2018 numbered 2,364, a 39 per cent year-on-year increase.
Nationally, .ie domain registrations grew by 39 per cent year-on-year to 28,126, bringing the total .ie domain database to 252,222 at the end of the first half of 2018. The majority (62.5 per cent ), of new .ie domains were registered by businesses (including corporate bodies and sole traders ).
In total, 154 .ie domains were registered every day in H1 2018, with increases in 31 of the 32 counties of Ireland.
Commenting, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry, said: "Virtually every county in Ireland recorded an increase in .ie domain registrations in the first half of 2018.
"The increase in registrations in Mayo and in Connacht during this period is good news, as increased online activity among businesses is a leading indicator of Ireland’s broader economic growth.
“In particular, the growth of .ie in regional parts of Ireland is a fantastic example of how the internet can help businesses in less infrastructurally developed counties overcome traditional barriers to growth, such as a smaller customer base or slower road and rail links."