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What is WorldIrish?
WorldIrish brings Irish people and people who love Irishness together in one place. On WorldIrish people can connect with other members, share their stories, photos, videos and events, and find out what's happening in their Irish world wherever they are around the globe. WorldIrish is not just for Irish people, but for anyone who has an affinity with Ireland or Irishness.
Do I need to be Irish to sign up to WorldIrish?
No. This is an inclusive, people-centered initiative. We welcome everyone who has an affinity or interest in Ireland and Irishness.
How can I join?
All you need to join WorldIrish is your email address and your real name. You can then choose to add more information if you like as you build your profile on the site. We ask that you confirm your email address once registered so that we can authenticate the account.
What can I do on WorldIrish?
Members of WorldIrish can create a profile, put themselves on the WorldIrish map, connect with other members all over the world, write and read stories, share and watch videos and photos, and organise and find events.
Who is behind WorldIrish?
WorldIrish was founded by John McColgan (Producer and Director of Riverdance). Seeing the importance of gathering Irish people and those with an interest in Irishness in one digital place, he presented it as an idea at the first Global Irish Economic Forum in Farmleigh. Initially it started out as a foundation (Gateway Ireland) and held a conference called Connecting the Dots but in the current economic climate a foundation structure was simply not viable and it was determined that WorldIrish would need to stand on its own two feet as a sustainable enterprise. It is currently funded by John and a small group of investors.
Where is WorldIrish based?
The main WorldIrish base is in Gateway House, Capel Street, Dublin 1, but we have journalists in London, New York and Sydney.
How did you select the values?
The 16 values were deduced from a variety of sources with the intention of creating a breadth of options that could reasonably encompass the scope of values within any cultural identity. The scope of choices range from individuality to community and practicality to imagination.
Is WorldIrish a social network?
It's a social site – where people can interact through stories, events and things that matter to them. WorldIrish is one big network. Unlike other social networks you can't create networks within it.
Where can I read your terms and conditions?
You can read them here.
What does it mean if I "add" or + someone?
When you + someone you will receive updates when they share a story, photo, video or event. They will be notified that you have added them.
Can I search WorldIrish?
Yes, you can search people, stories and events on WorldIrish, either through the map or the search bar in the navigation bar at the top of the WorldIrish page.
How do I connect with a person?
If you are a member of WorldIrish you can send a private message to another member.
Why am I seeing the stories and members that are being presented to me?
We will only present stories and members to you that we think you will be interested in. As you "like" stories and members we will add that to your interests and present more of that to you.
I am not interested in the types of members or stories you are presenting to me. How can I change this?
In your setting page you can remove interest, change them or make them more relevant to you.
Who owns the copyright for the material I upload to WorldIrish?
We do not claim any ownership rights for the content you post or link to WorldIrish. After posting your content to the site, you continue to retain all ownership and/or license rights in such content, and you continue (subject to these Terms and Conditions) to have the right to use your Content in any way you choose.
Is what I post to WorldIrish and my profile public?
Yes, your stories, photos, videos and other items that you post are public as is your profile. This has always been the case on WorldIrish.
Can I delete my account?
Yes, if you go to your settings page you will see an option for deleting your account.
I have an idea for WorldIrish, how can I make contact?
We're still in beta and we'd love to hear from you! Email email@example.com. We aim to respond to you within one working day.
I would like to make a complaint about a piece of content?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the piece of content and your complaint. We aim to respond to you within one working day.
I want to report someone for abuse?
Please send an email to email@example.com with a link and details of your complaint. We aim to respond to you within one working day at least.
I have a story, photo, video, audio clip I'd like to share with the community?
That's what WorldIrish is about. Share your stories using our Story Teller (find out how here). You can also send us your story ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, tweeting us @WorldIrish or visiting our Facebook page www.facebook.com/worldirish.
I am having technical problems with WorldIrish, who can I contact?
Please send us an email to email@example.com. Including your browser details and Operating System (Windows/Mac/Mobile) would be a big help!
What's @Ireland on Twitter?
WorldIrish are the custodians of the @Ireland account, selecting voices or curators. Each week a new person curates the account. The people who curate the account and tweet from are strong, interesting voices either in or from Ireland. We were inspired by @sweden who started a very similar project in December. We hope it gives people around the world a new perspective on Ireland.
Did you pay for @Ireland? How did you get it?
We were approached by Bernie Goldbach at the start of 2012. He had created the account back when Twitter first began. We're very grateful to Bernie. He wanted to do something with the account for many years and when he learned about WorldIrish he thought it was the right organisation to be its custodian of it so he gave it to us.
How do I apply to curate @Ireland?
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining what you would do if you were curating @Ireland for a week. You can also nominate someone who you think would make an interesting curator. Learn more about it here.