It gives us great pleasure to report that the company behind the forthcoming new gTLD .Irish, Dot-Irish LLC, have now entered into contract with ICANN, .Irish will now move to the Pre Delegation Testing phase PDT
We offer our congratulations to John, Shane, Ed and the entire team and look forward to working with them in the coming months.
“I look forward to the launch of .Irish with great excitement, I believe that the global Irish will embrace the name firmly and I applaud John Toland and his team for their vision.”
Des Donnelly Owner Rexco.com
We would draw readers attention to the statement from ICANN regarding pre-registration, this is particularly important in the case of any company charging your credit card or accepting payment of any description for names that cannot be guaranteed.
“As responsible Registrars are advising, successful pre-registration of a domain cannot be guaranteed. ICANN seconds that advice, cautioning that registrants should be wary of anyone who claims to be able to guarantee a domain registration on a new gTLD. There are several situations that can impact the availability of a domain name and some domain names may never be available for purchase. Instances that can impact availability of Second-Level Domains include:
- Multiple Registars per generic Top-Level DomainMany gTLD Registries contract with multiple Registrars to provide registration services to Internet users. The Registrar you pre-register with may not be the Registrar that eventually registers the name.
- Trademarked NamesRights holders that have submitted verified trademarks will be given priority access to request domain names related to their trademarks.
- Auction of Premium NamesSome Registries may choose to offer perceived premium names for registration to the highest bidder before they’re made available to the general public, so some of these names may not be available.
- Name CollisionCertain Second-Level Domain names must be blocked by Registries because their activation could potentially impact the operations of some private domains.
- Some gTLDs may not be delegatedThere is no assurance that ICANN will sign Registry Agreements for all of the new gTLDs for which applications have been submitted, nor is there any assurance that all of the new gTLDs will be delegated. If you pre-register a desired domain name and the underlying gTLD is not delegated, that domain name will not be available to you.
While we caution potential registrants to be skeptical of claims that a name can be “guaranteed” names, ICANN supports programs that are set up to help interested parties keep track of when the new domain names will be available. For example, some Registrars are providing programs that allow potential registrants to subscribe to status updates on new gTLDs.
The new gTLDs provide greater opportunities for choice, innovation and competition. In addition to all the measures that ICANN, the community and our partners have established to ensure a safe and secure rollout, we also want to ensure that people understand the process for getting the new domain names they want.”