The Irish Ramblers Club (IRC)  respects each individual’s right to personal privacy in accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Collection of Information

We collect information through our website at several points.  From primary visitors (non-members), who are expressing an interest in becoming IRC members, we collect:

  • their name
  • e-mail address
  • phone number(s).  


The same pieces of information are collected from visitors to our site who have submitted the information voluntarily and who wish to be contacted by the IRC.
This information is submitted voluntarily by visitors to our website.

The following extra pieces of information are collected from IRC members when they join and then annually when renewing membership and paying their subscription :

  • postal address
  • Mountaineering Ireland membership number (where applicable)
  • emergency contact details
  • preferred grade for hikes
  • activities in which the member is willing to help
  • and the state and type of the individual’s membership.


The Club also notes and keeps information about each individual’s:

  • current membership type [Full/Associate/Life]
  • membership year
  • type of payment made [Credit card/EFT – note we do not hold credit card details].


The data is collected by members of the IRC Executive Committee, and is controlled by the Data Controller, who is the IRC Membership Secretary.

At any time a member can view the details held by using the following link to view/change membership details

Retention of Information

The IRC will only keep information for as long as necessary, and only for the primary purpose for which it was obtained.

Use and Disclosure of Information

Information collected on the IRC website is used solely for:

  • the management of club membership functions
  • management of club related events
  • communications to members.  


In particular, information collected from prospective members is used solely to facilitate contact with the IRC to further membership application, while information collected from those wishing to contact the IRC is used solely to facilitate contact to be made.

The information we collect will not be used to create customer profiles based on browsing of purchasing history.  We will not supplement information collected at our website with data from other sources.

The IRC will only disclose information to third parties who are acting on our directions, such as Mountaineering Ireland and our insurance company, or where such disclosure is required by law.  No disclosure of information will be made to any third parties for those third parties’ own purposes of use.

We offer links to other websites from our website.  Please note: when you click on links to other websites, we encourage you to read the privacy policies of those websites.  Their standards may differ from ours.


The IRC website uses cookies.  Cookies are described as small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive to enable that computer to know when you are visiting a particular website.  They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to owners of the site.  The IRC may use cookies to store information on your computer.  This information may help us to identify if you are registered with the site, and shortcut your access through the site.  We will only read cookies from your cookie file placed there through your web browser’s interaction with the IRC website.

Problem Resolution

If problems arise, visitors to the site may contact the IRC through the contact form.

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