(Effective 13 March 2023)


1. Introduction

The GDPR law states that we can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for this site’s [] operation. For all other types of cookies, we need your permission. This cookies policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third parties and affiliates we may partner with use cookies on the site, your choices regarding cookies, and further information about cookies. This policy should be read in conjunction with our Privacy Policy, which explains how we use personal information.

You can change or withdraw your consent from the cookie declaration on our site at any time.

2. What are Cookies?

 Cookies and similar tracking technologies, such as beacons, scripts, web beacons, and tags (which together we refer to as “cookies“), are small bits of text, usually stored on a user’s computer hard drive or within a browser. They enable a site to remember information about the user’s visit to the site. On the site, we use device ids or advertising ids in a similar manner to which we use cookies. We and some third-party partners (as described below) use cookies on our site, our mobile site, and within emails or other communications we send to you (we refer to these together as the Irish Heritage Newssite“).

To the extent the cookies we use for these purposes lead to the processing of your personal information, details about how we use that personal information and your rights over that personal information are discussed in our Privacy Policy.

3.  Usage Data Cookies

Information collected automatically through this site, which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers or devices utilized by the users who use this site, the URI addresses (uniform resource identifier), the time of the request, the method used to submit the right to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the user, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the site) and the information on the path followed within the site with particular reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system or the user’s environment.

4. Server Log Files

Your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address is an identifying number that is automatically assigned to your computer or device by your Internet Service Provider (“ISP”). This number may be identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever you visit the site, along with the time(s) of your visit(s) and the page(s) that you visited. The site may use the IP addresses of all users to calculate site usage levels, to help diagnose problems with the site’s servers, and to administer the site. We may also use IP addresses to communicate with or to block access by users who fail to comply with our Terms and Conditions. Collecting IP addresses is standard practice on the internet and is carried out automatically by many websites.

5. Pixel Tags

The site may use so-called “pixel tags”, “web beacons”, “clear GIFs” or similar means (collectively “Pixel Tags”) to compile aggregate statistics about site usage and response rates. Pixel Tags allow us to count users who have visited certain pages of the site, to deliver branded services, and to help determine the effectiveness of promotional services. When used in HTML-formatted email messages, Pixel Tags can tell the sender whether and when the email has been opened.

6.  The User

A user is an individual using this site who, unless otherwise specified, coincides with a data subject.

7.  Types of Cookies

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date. A session cookie will expire at the end of the user session when the web browser is closed.

We use the following types of cookies on our site:

  • Necessary cookies: These are cookies that are essential for the running of our site and for which we do not require consent. They cannot be switched off in our systems and are on by default. Without these cookies, parts of our site would not function. These cookies do not track where you have been on the internet and do not gather personal information about you to be used for marketing purposes.
  • Functional cookies: These cookies are used to remember your preferences on our site and to provide enhanced functionality and more personalized features. They may be set by us or third parties (see Third-party Cookies in Section 10).
  • Analytical cookies: Analytical performance cookies are used to monitor our site’s performance, for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users our site has. Web analytics services may be designed and operated by third parties (see Third-party Cookies in Section 10).
  • Targeting cookies: To help fund the content, products and services we provide, third-party vendors, including Google, display advertising on our site. These cookies may be set through our advertising partners (see Advertising Cookies in Section 11). 

8. Site Preferences Cookies

To provide you with a great experience on this site, we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. To remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page that is affected by your preferences.

9. Surveys-related Cookies

From time to time, we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights and helpful tools or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or provide accurate results after you change pages.

10. Third-party Cookies

In addition to our cookies, we also use various third parties’ cookies to report usage statistics of the service on and through the site. Third-party cookies are set by entities other than Irish Heritage News and we do not control which cookies are set by third parties or how the cookie information is used. 

We use Google Analytics to analyze the use of our site and understand how users engage with our site. Google Analytics helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our site in order to tailor it to our users’ needs. Google Analytics gathers information about site use by means of traffic log cookies. Google will use this information to compile reports on site activity and to provide other services relating to site activity and internet usage. The information may be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties required to do so by law or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Google’s privacy policy is available here. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please click here

Another of our third-party providers is Mailchimp, which operates some of our email and newsletter services. Mailchimp’s cookie policy is available here.

11. Advertising Cookies

Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to our site. Third-party vendors use cookies to:

  • Help show ads that are relevant to you based on inferred interests;
  • Restrict the number of times you see the same ad;
  • Create a browsing profile that is used to deliver more relevant ads;
  • Measure the effectiveness of the ads;
  • Detect fraudulent traffic.

Any information that is transmitted to advertisers and advertising networks is non-personally identifiable, but is based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device.

By turning off ads personalization, you will experience less targeted ads but you will still see ads on our site.

12. Social Media Cookies

Our site interfaces with various social media platforms and websites which also use cookies. Articles on our site may include embedded content (e.g., threads, posts, videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites or social media platforms behaves in the exact same way as if the user has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Our site interfaces with the following social media platforms: Twitter (cookie policy available here), Facebook (cookie policy available here) and Instagram (cookie policy available here).

If you do not allow these cookies, you may not be able to use or see the social media sharing tools or view content from social media sites.

13. Disabling or Blocking Cookies

If you’d like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete, refuse or restrict cookies, please visit your web browser’s help pages (see Section 15 below). Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our web pages might not display correctly.

14. Your Cookie Choices

We provide you with choices over the use of cookies as described in this policy. When you first visit our site, where required by law, you will have the option to give your consent to the advertising and functional cookies we use or to refuse your consent to our use of those cookies.

If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and your website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment.

15. Browsers

Most browsers accept cookies by default. You may change the settings to have your browser refuse certain cookies or notify you before accepting cookies. To do so, please follow the instructions provided by your browser, which are usually located within the “help”, “tools” or “edit” facility. Some third parties also provide the ability to refuse their cookies directly by clicking on an opt-out link. The following links may be helpful:

You can also find more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies you have set on your device and how to manage and delete them, at and

16. Do-not-track Signals

 We currently do not employ technology that recognizes “do-not-track” signals from your browser.

Please keep in mind that, without cookies, you may not have access to certain features on our site, including access to certain personalized content. Removing all cookies from your computer or device could also affect your subsequent visits to a specific web page.

17.  Cookies Policy Update

This cookies policy is updated as of the effective date set forth above. However, the site may review this cookies notice from time to time as necessary. The terms that apply to you are those posted here on our site on the day you use our site. We solely advise you to print a copy for your records.

18. Contact

 If you have any questions about our use of cookies, please email us at:

Cookies Policy dated 13 March 2023.