What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files stored on your device by a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome) that hold information about your previous visits to a website. On returning to a website – including ours – this stored information is used to offer you a more personalised browsing experience. By using our site you consent to cookies being used in accordance with our policy. For more information on cookies, visit www.dataprotection.ie or www.whatarecookies.com

What do cookies do?

Cookies perform many different tasks within our website; however their key role is to remember your preferences so we can give you an improved service. They also assist in generating detailed statistics about our website’s traffic and traffic sources.

How do cookies help when you visit our site?

Cookies allow us to treat you as an individual; using knowledge gained from your previous visits and preferences we can tailor our site so that it is more personal to you, allows you greater interactivity and is easier to use.

Cookies we use

NameDurationDescription
Google Cookies
_ga 2 yearsUsed to distinguish users.
_gat 10 minutesUsed to throttle request rate.
__utmb 30 mins from set/updateUsed to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc End of browser sessionNot used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz 6 months from set/updateStores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv 2 years from set/updateUsed to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
WordPress Cookies
wordpress_ sessionWordPress cookie for a logged in user.
wordpress_logged_in_ sessionWordPress cookie for a logged in user
wordpress_test_ sessionWordPress cookie for a logged in user
wordpress_test_cookie sessionWordPress test cookie
wp-settings- WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site
wp-settings-time- 1 yearWordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. interface.
PHPSESSID sessionTo identify your unique session on the website
SESS sessionTo ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.

Managing Cookies

To see what cookies are on your device, visit: www.whatarecookies.com/view.asp

To delete and remove cookies from your device, visit: www.whatarecookies.com/delete.asp

To enable and disable your device from storing cookies, visit: www.whatarecookies.com/enable.asp