(Effective 13 March 2023)


1. Introduction

Welcome to the Irish Heritage News site’s Privacy Policy page. Irish Heritage News is accessible at (the “site”), and is hosted and operated by Irish Heritage News.

Our privacy promises:

  • We value your privacy and data security;
  • We comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”);
  • We will never sell your data;
  • You control your data.

This Privacy Policy sets out below how we collect, process, use, store and protect your personal data. By accessing our site, you hereby consent to our Privacy Policy and agree to the terms described herein. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of this Privacy Policy, you should immediately discontinue your access to our site.

2. Data Controller

Irish Heritage News, a business operated under the laws of the Republic of Ireland, bearing registration number 690217, with a registered address at Clonakilty, Cork, P85 X471, Ireland (hereinafter “Irish Heritage News”, “Service Provider”, “us”, “we”, or “our”), is responsible for the collection of personal data via the site: (“our site”).

When this Policy mentions Irish Heritage News, it refers to your “Data Controller”. Our data privacy officer may be contacted by emailing

3. General Information

The terms “we”, “us”, ”our”, “ourselves”, “the site”, “our site”, and “our services” refer to Irish Heritage News. The terms “you”, “your”, and “yourself” refer to you as a user, customer, client or visitor of our site, services and products. The term “personal data” refers to all information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (hereinafter referred to as “data subject”); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or one or more specific characteristics expressing the physical, physiological, genetic, psychological, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person, as set out in the GDPR. In addition, personal data comprises data of legal persons.

4. Data Collection

Irish Heritage News collects and processes various types of information from users. Depending on the way(s) in which you interact with us, this information may, in many cases, constitute users’ personal data. This information will be considered “personal data” when it can directly identify or allow us to identify a natural person. The categories of personal information we collect depend on how a user interacts with our services and the requirements of applicable law.

To provide you access to our services and to send you affiliate offers, we will request that you provide us with important information about yourself. If you choose not to share certain information with us, we may not be able to serve you effectively or offer you our services. Any information you provide to us that is not required is voluntary.

We may collect the following types of information:

  • Personal identification information: such as full name, email address, postal address and profile pictures. We may process your personal identification information as part of your account data or personal profile data. We may also process your personal data if you purchase a product or service from our site or if you opt to place an advertisement on our site. We only process this information to deliver the service you have requested. 
  • Correspondence and enquiry data: including your email address, name, communication content, metadata associated with the communication, when you contact us through the site contact forms, via email, social media or otherwise. When you contact us, we may request your affirmative, positive consent to use your contact information for marketing or other business purposes. In the event you do not consent to the use of your contact information for marketing or other business purposes, your data will not be used for those purposes.
  • Publication data: including your name and comments. If you post comments for publication on our site or through our services, we will keep a record of your commenting history and collect the data shown in the comments form, as well as the commentator’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. You acknowledge that personal data that you submit for publication through our site may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.
  • Device data: such as your computer or mobile device’s operating system type and version, manufacturer and model, browser type, screen resolution, RAM and disk size, CPU usage, device type (e.g., phone, tablet), device id, IP address, unique identifiers (including identifiers used for advertising purposes), language settings, mobile device carrier (e.g., Wi-Fi, LTE, 3G), and general location information such as city, state or geographic area.
  • Usage data: such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and site navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is the Google Analytics tracking system. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analyzing the use of the site. The legal basis for this processing is for the purposes of monitoring and improving our site.
  • Notification data: such as your email address, your preferences and other information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications, mailing lists or newsletters, to notify you about our products, services and special offers, to notify you about important functionality changes to our site, and when you enter our competitions. The legal basis for this is your consent.
  • Transaction data: such as your contact details, shipping address, payment method, your card details, the transaction details and purchase history. The transaction data may be processed for the purpose of supplying the purchased goods and services and keeping proper records of those transactions. The legal basis for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract and our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our site and business or the delivery to you of the goods or services you have ordered from us. We will process your data to the extent required to deliver the service requested.

In addition, we may automatically collect certain details of your access to and use of our services, including input data, profile logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on or through our services. These types of personal information are necessary to provide our services to you.

5. Your Activity

When you use our services, we receive and store certain information, which may include your personal information, regarding your use of our services. Examples include IP addresses, browser types, domain names and other statistical data regarding your use of our services. We may use this data in a way that does not disclose any of your personally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, for purposes of developing new product and service offerings.

6. Personal Information Use and Legal Basis

Any processing of data requires a legal basis. If the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or for the implementation of pre-contractual measures taken at the request of the data subject, the processing may be based on Art. 6, para. 1, b) of the GDPR.

If the processing is necessary to safeguard the legitimate interests of the data controller or a third party, provided that the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, which require the protection of personal data, do not prevail, it can be based on Art. 6, para. 1, d) of the GDPR. We process and use the information we collect in various ways. In addition, we may also collect, hold and use your personal data for the following:

  • Delivery of our services: when you use our site and services and subscribe to the Irish Heritage News newsletter, you accept our Terms of Service and thus enter into a contract. For us to fulfil our obligations under that agreement, we need to access and process your personal information; otherwise, we will not be able to provide our services. We may also use the information you provide to help us improve, operate and enhance the user experience on our site, to tailor advertisements, content and other aspects of your experience on and in connection with our site, for other administrative purposes, to prevent or detect abuses of our terms of use, and to enable third parties to carry out technical improvements or other functions on our behalf.
  • Communication: we use your information to send you offers and other communications such as newsletters, product updates, notices, support, and administrative communication that may interest you.
  • Personalization: we use your data to identify your interests and to recommend and advertize new services and products that may be related to your preferences.
  • Data security and fraud prevention: we use your data to protect our site, user data and our server from malicious or dangerous activity.
  • Investigation: we use your data to prevent and investigate unauthorized access to our services, including other illegal activities.
  • Complying with law: we may use your data to comply with specific legal obligations, to enforce our agreements and to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another person. We may need to disclose personal data to comply with a request from law enforcement or other government agencies or a court order. We may need to disclose personal data in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any comment or content posted by you as a site user.
  • Legal claims: we may use any of your data where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.
  • Insurance cover: we may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks or obtaining professional advice.

We also process data that cannot be assigned to any person. These are data that do not personally identify you, including anonymous information and aggregated data. This information helps us better understand how our visitors use our site and services, and to analyze the demographics, interests and behaviours of our visitors, to improve our services, to provide customized services and information to visitors and for similar purposes.

You hold the right to opt out of receiving any of these communications as described under “Your Rights and Choices” (Section 11) below.

7. Feedback

If you contact us to provide feedback, register a complaint, or ask a question, we will record any personal information and other content that you provide in your communication so that we can effectively respond to your communication. We reserve the right to use this information in any manner permitted by law to respond to your communication. The processing of your personal data for feedback processing is based on Art. 6, para. 1, d) or f) of the GDPR.

8. Data Retention

For the sake of the GDPR, we are entitled to keep your personal information only for as long as we need it for legitimate business purposes and as required by applicable law. We will take reasonable steps to erase any data that we hold from you where:

  1. we no longer need the data for the purposes for which it was collected, and we are not otherwise entitled to retain such data;
  2. we are not required or obligated by law, regulation or court order to retain the information.

If you leave a comment on our site, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. The period of retention of purchase history will be determined based on the need to keep this information on file for taxation purposes, for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another person.

If certain information has been provided to third parties in accordance with this privacy policy, retention of that information will be subject to the policies of the relevant third party.

9. Children

We comply with the Children Privacy Protection policy. Hence, our services are not directed to children under the age of 16. For this reason, we do not provide nor knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 16. If you believe that a child under the age of 16 has used our services, please contact us and we will delete that information immediately.

10. Data Security

We have put in place numerous technical, organizational and physical safeguards and measures designed to protect the personal information of users. However, no online security measures are guaranteed. You agree that your use of our site is at your own risk.

11. Your Rights and Choices

Under the GDPR, you have rights over your personal data and can exercise the following rights:

  • Exercise of Rights: You can exercise your rights as defined in GDPR by sending a request via email to
  • Revocation of Consent: You hold the right to revoke your consent for the processing of your data in the future at any time. However, this does not affect the lawfulness of data processing based on the consent before the revocation.
  • Right of Access: You have the right to (i) obtain confirmation as to whether or not your data is being processed by us and, if so, (ii) request for more specific information on the data.
  • Right to Rectification: You have the right to obtain from us the rectification of inaccurate data concerning you. In case the data processed by us is not correct, we will rectify these without undue delay and inform you of this rectification.
  • Right to Erasure: Should you decide that you do not want us to process your data any further, please send us a request via email to We will erase your data immediately and inform you of this process. Should mandatory provisions of law prevent such erasure, we will inform you without undue delay thereof.
  • Right to Restriction of Processing: You have the right to obtain from us a restriction of processing of your data.
  • Right to Data Portability: You have the right to (i) receive your data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and (ii) transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from us.
  • Right to Object: You have the right to object at any time to the processing of your data.
  • Right to Lodge a Complaint: You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you think that the processing of your data infringes applicable law (especially the GDPR).

We recommend that you read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights. Find out how you can exercise your rights by emailing us at If you have questions about the accuracy of the information that we have collected about you, you can have access to that information in order to verify and update it, unless we are permitted or required under applicable laws to refuse your access to such information. You may email us for such a request.

12. Commitment

We take the responsibility to protect the security and privacy of our users seriously. We have established effective policies that define our commitment to data security and the information technology we manage. We are continually reviewing policies and procedures to assure that they are appropriate and effective in meeting our commitments to our community, our users, our customers and ourselves. Any suspicious attempt to breach our terms and policies, or to engage in any type of unauthorized action involving our information systems, is regarded as potential criminal activity. All suspicious computer/device mischief will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

13. Where We Send Your Data (Third Parties)

We will not sell, share, trade, rent or give away your personal data, excepting disclosure as described below.

We disclose user/customer information to third parties only when it is necessary as part of business practices or when there is a legal or statutory obligation to do so. Without your consent, we will not disclose personal data that we collect to any parties other than those with whom we partner or are affiliated. Any third parties with which we share your data will act as data controllers and have their own privacy policy, which will govern that third party’s use of your personal data.

We may disclose personal data to our suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the operation of our site and the processing of your orders from us. We may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, including processing credit card payments, marketing, providing analytics assistance and performing certain services in connection with the operation of our site. User comments on our site may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Our site contains links to other websites and other websites may reference or link to our site or services. In addition, our content may be integrated into websites or other online services that are not associated with us. We encourage our users to read the privacy policies of each website with which they interact. We do not control these third-party services. We do not endorse, screen or approve, and are not responsible for, the privacy practices or content of such other websites. Providing personal information to third-party websites is at your own risk.

Our site interfaces social media websites – such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and uses social media plugins (e.g., the “Share on Facebook” button; “Tweet This” button) to facilitate social media functions. If you are a member of a social media platform or website, and log in to such social media platform or website, the interfaces may allow the social media platform or website to connect your visit to our site to your personal data. The social media plugins also may allow the social media website to share information about your activities on our site with other users of their social media platform. We have no control over the information that other websites or social media platforms or plugins collect, store or use. Before you choose to access other websites from our site or “like” or “share” information from our site through any social media platform or website, please review the privacy policy of that social media platform or website.

Financial transactions relating to our site and products/services are handled by our payment services provider. We will share transaction data with our payment services providers only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing your payments, refunding such payments, and dealing with complaints and queries relating to such payments and refunds.

We may disclose your personal data to our insurers and/or professional advisers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks or obtaining professional advice.

We may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

We may disclose your personal data in connection with any complaint regarding your use of our site. For example, in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from a comment or content posted.

In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out above, we may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another person. We may provide information when obliged to do so under data protection law and in response to properly made requests, for example, for the purpose of the prevention and detection of crime and the apprehension or prosecution of offenders. We may also provide information for the purpose of safeguarding national security.

14. Our Advertising Services

We publish Google AdSense interest-based advertisements on our site. Such online advertising helps support the content, products and services we provide. Google tailors the ads to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour on our site and on other websites across the web using cookies. Some of the ads you see on our site are targeted based on interests that have been inferred from the type of content you view when visiting our site or other sites. This type of behavioural advertising is targeted towards groups of users in an anonymous and aggregated manner instead of you as an individual. Google’s privacy policy can be accessed here.

Our third-party vendors/partners (via Google AdSense) use third-party cookies together to inform, optimize and serve ads based on your browsing activities and interests. When you visit our site, your browser redirects to the third-party vendor and information is transmitted from your browser to this third-party vendor.

Advertising networks may use cookies and similar technologies to track you in order to measure the effectiveness of the ads they serve, detect fraudulent traffic or to create a browsing profile that is used to deliver more relevant ads. These cookies are only set with your consent. For more information on how to manage advertising cookies, please see our Cookies Policy here or in Section 18 below.

We are a participant in Amazon Associates – Amazon’s affiliate marketing program designed to provide a means for websites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate with, we earn from qualifying purchases. Amazon’s privacy policy can be accessed here.

15. Business Transfers

In connection with, or during negotiations of, sale of business assets, any merger, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business, we may share or transfer your information (including your personal information) for business transfer purposes. You will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our site of any change in ownership or related uses or disclosures of your information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your information in such circumstances.

16. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. In no event will these changes result in the degradation of any security measures designed to protect you from unauthorized disclosure. 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.

17. Complaints

We hope that we can satisfy any queries you may have about the way in which we process your personal information, so we encourage you to submit your claim or complaint to our data protection officer by emailing

However, if this does not satisfy you, you also have the right to complain to the data protection authority in the location in which you live, work or believe a data protection breach has occurred.

18. Cookies Policy

Our full Cookies Policy is available here and is also provided in full below for your convenience.

18.1 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.

18.2 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 News “site”).

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.

18.3 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.

18.4 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.

18.5 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.

18.6 The User

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

18.7 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 18.10).
  • 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 18.10).
  • 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 18.11).

18.8 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.

18.9 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.

18.10 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.

18.11 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.

18.12 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.

18.13 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 18.15 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.

18.14 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.

18.15 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

18.16 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.

18.17 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.

18.18 Contact

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

Cookies and Privacy Policies dated 13 March 2023.