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Raheny website wins award!
In December 2001, the site received the Cool Site award, designating Raheny.com as the leading site in its area, from the Open Directory Project, the primary and largest directory of the Internet and the major component of many other Internet search systems. Thanks to the Directory Project's team for their accolade.
The article on the Lighting of the Christmas Tree 2001 has been especially popular.
Most of the changes over the past while have been either the result of ideas tested in the pilot area or of feedback from visitors, to, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org since May 2001...
Recent Changes - Feedback
Three key additions to the open site over the last few months have generated most positive comment. This are:
the detailed maps
the virtual tour and
the contact form, featured on the home and news pages, as an easier way to communicate.
Also positive is the guestbook, though more entries will be needed.
Previous additions, such as the images and the revised Gazetteer or Directory continue to draw visits and other items such as the Examiner's news tool seem popular too.
Opinion seems back behind the last item: A F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions page) for, e.g.
Postal address/ district/ ZIP: Raheny is in Dublin 5 and yes, that is all that is needed - Ireland had a very efficient sorting system, until a few years ago mostly manual, so we didn't need postal codes. With rising volume, and other issues, we brought in some automation but we had waited so long the machines could read and interpret the actual names and addresses, so we will probably never have long postal codes, much to the distress of junk mailers everywhere. All we have are districts in Dublin (1 and 2 in the centre, etc.); odd numbers are north of the Liffey, even to the south, with one crossover district. Zones neighbouring Raheny include districts 3 (e.g. Clontarf, Killester, Fairview, Marino, North Strand), 13 (e.g. Donaghmede, Baldoyle, Sutton) and 17 (e.g. parts of Coolock).
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