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Irish Times Group acquires RIP.ie website

The Irish Times Group has confirmed the acquisition of leading Irish digital death notices website, RIP.ie.

The acquisition is part of the Irish-owned media group’s strategic move to expand its range of digital services and products.

The Irish Times Group CEO Deirdre Veldon said: “We are delighted to add RIP.ie to the services we offer to readers and customers. The Irish Times Group has a long tradition of publishing death notices and other notices. families dating back to the mid-19th century, and we know how much these services matter to people.

“This tradition aligns with RIP.ie and we look forward to continuing to provide those services on our digital and print platforms to the people of Ireland at home and abroad in the future. This acquisition helps us in our mission to remain relevant to our audiences, offering trusted journalism and content services that appeal to them at every stage of their lives.

As reader habits change, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and diversify our portfolio. Leveraging the reach and engaging content of RIP.ie, The Irish Times aims to unlock new opportunities for audience engagement and digital growth. “This acquisition aligns with our values ​​of playing a vital role in Irish life.” RIP.ie is operated by Co Louth-based company Gradam Communications, owned by brothers Jay and Dympna Coleman.

Since its creation in 2005, RIP.ie has become Ireland’s leading online platform for death notices, with 60 million page views per month.

The site allows grieving families to share information about their loved one’s death and funeral arrangements. Visitors to the site can express their condolences to grieving families, as well as access a variety of funeral-related services and resources.

Jay Coleman said: “We are immensely proud of what RIP.ie has become and what it means to the people of Ireland. “At the Irish Times, we believe we have found a worthy custodian, one that will allow the site to grow and continue to offer a familiar and trusted resource for end-of-life matters.” Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

As well as the media title of the same name, The Irish Times Group also owns the Irish Examiner and Echo titles, along with breaknews.ie, myhome.ie and several regional titles: Western People, Roscommon Herald, Waterford News & Star, Carlow Nationalist. , Laois Nationalist and Kildare Nationalist.

He also has participations in the radio station WLRfm and in Beat 102-103. In March, Bauer Media Audio signed an agreement to acquire Beat 102-103.

The most recent accounts filed for Gradam Communications show that the company’s accumulated profits increased to €1.7 million, with the company recording a profit of €264,912 for the 12 months to December 31, 2023.