(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Being Irish is more than just geography: it’s a state of mind. That’s the message of a new podcast series launched by the Irish web hosting and domain names company Blacknight.
Trailblazers.Irish is a series of exclusive interviews with the people behind websites using the new .IRISH Top-Level Domain (TLD) which launched last week.
The new .IRISH registry is among hundreds of new Top Level Domains, like .TECH and .DESIGN, which have come on stream as part of a process of expansion managed by the international organisation ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
As the only Irish-owned domain registrar with ICANN accreditation, Blacknight works directly with hundreds of domain name registries to ensure a positive experience for customers.
Company CEO Michele Neylon says Blacknight is particularly pleased to welcome .IRISH.
“The launch of .IRISH provides the global Irish community with a meaningful digital identity that can be easily recognized and understood throughout the world. .IRISH is not restricted to people resident in Ireland, which makes it particularly useful for the wider community where 80 million people claim Irish heritage.”
The idea of being a Trailblazer is an essential element of Irishness, he believes.
“The Irish are Trailblazers. We’ve had to be. Now, for the first time, there’s a new way to express your Irish identity online. The new gTLDs bring meaning to the space ‘right of the dot’. .IRISH is a showcase for Irish Trailblazers of all kinds.”
Trailblazers.Irish is produced and presented by award winning podcaster and radio-producer Conn Ó Muíneacháin, who edits Blacknight’s technology news site Technology.ie. Weekly interviews will appear on the site each Tuesday, featuring a diverse range of Trailblazers from the worlds of business, culture, art and academia.