My obsession with acquiring domain names continues today, with the addition of the domain rick.ie to my list.
Applying for a .ie domain name is not as straight-forward as for other domain extensions. For an IE domain you need to convince the domain owner – in this the IEDR – that you fulfil certain requirements to be able to qualify for a particular domain:
- that you're Irish or residing in Ireland
- that you have a business name, trademark, or personal name that matches the domain name
Fortunately you can somewhat side-step the second requirement by applying for what's called a "discretionary" domain – whereby you can apply for pretty much any domain name you want, as long as you can supply a compelling statement saying why you want it, and what you'll use it for.
My immediate plan for rick.ie is to use it as a private small URL for this blog. So instead of having to use the link https://richardbloomfield.blog/2017/11/small-url/ to get to this post, you can use http://rick.ie/kyfje.