It's Big, it's Irish, it's online.ie

Damn fine computer news service behind the green door

online.ie, Ireland's "answer to to major international sites such as Yahoo! or AOL," has opened for business. The site aims to be the "largest gathering place for Irish people", and it is packed with news, information, classified ads and shopping facilities. online.ie is kicking off with a series of news feeds from AP, The Examiner, The Guardian, The Irish Times and, among others, The Register. online.ie is backed to the tune of "over IR£5 million", with Cross Atlantic Technology Fund and Crucible Corporation on its investors' roster. It says it has pre-sold over IR£500,000 in advertising, sponsorship and eCommerce revenue on the site prior to launch. The company currently has 40 staffers and plans to hire 60 more over the coming year. ®

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