Cookie Notice

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Why do we use cookies?

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to enhance your experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website. The types of cookies we use include essential cookies such as necessary and functional cookies, performance and analytical cookies, and advertising cookies. We also use non-essential cookies such as Google Analytics, email and web tracking cookies and conversion tracking cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you set your browser to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

The Ark uses cookies for the purpose of storing and retrieving session information in respect of our on-line systems and for analysing traffic on our website

The types of cookies we use

We use the following types of cookies on our website:

Essential Cookies

  1. Strictly Necessary Cookies
    These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around our website and use its features. The type of personal data collected through these cookies includes your IP address; location data and the fact that you are logged into our website. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser and do not store your preferences or information beyond your current visit. They include, for example, session cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website and to purchase tickets.
  2. Functional Cookies
    These cookies allow us to recognise you and remember choices you make (such as choice of language, mobile device preferences, cookie setting preferences.) when you return to our website. In order to provide these features, these cookies collect your personal information. Usually, functional cookies expire after a maximum of XX years and can be deleted from your browser history at any time up to the point of their expiry.

Non-Essential Cookies

  1. Performance or Analytical Cookies
    These cookies collect information about The Ark website usage. For example, we use Google Analytics to track anonymized usage statistics for the site. This data is used to analyse how frequently people visit the site, how the website is found, and which pages are most frequently viewed.

    These cookies do not collect information that identifies an individual website user. Instead they collect browser information and anonymised data for the reasons set out above. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall view of website use and users are never identified individually or personally. These cookies are only used to identify ways to improve the website.
    We also use cookies to track whether emails sent to individuals on our mailing list (MailChimp) have been opened and to measure how many people who have received our official ezine have visited our website.
    Performance or Analytical Cookies remain on your device for varying periods of time with some deleted when you close your browser and others remaining on your device indefinitely until deleted.
    Our cookie widget is set so that performance and analytical cookies will not be placed on your device unless you opt in.
    To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites please visit:

    For more information about Google Analytics, and the cookies it sets please visit:
  2. Advertising or Targeting Cookies
    We use cookies set by third parties which are used to deliver advertisements to you, based on your preferences and interests and to measure the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns. For example, for measuring how many unique browsers have seen a particular advertisement and how many of those subsequently visit the website. Each have their own privacy policy which will tell you how they use cookies and data tags.
    Our cookie widget is set so that advertising or targeting cookies will not be placed on your device unless you opt in.
    You can opt out of one or all third party Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) cookies on the web browser you are currently using with an "opt-out cookie" by visiting

Set out below is more information on these categories of cookies, including their purpose and whether these cookies collect personal data:

G-7FTPLHB0PD Performance This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It is a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. I minute
_ga Performance This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. 2 Years
_gid Performance This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It stores and update a unique value for each page visited and is used to count and track pageviews. 1 day
_pin_unauth Targeting Registers a unique ID that identifies and recognizes the user. Is used for targeted advertising. 1 year
_fbp Targeting Used by Meta to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers 3 months

Enabling/Disabling Cookies

Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies or request that you be warned when a website is trying to install a cookie. This can be done by modifying the settings in your browser. Please note that disabling cookies may affect the functionality of some parts of this website.

For more information about managing cookies and how to stop cookies being installed visit

Privacy FAQs

Our Privacy Notice describes, in a comprehensive manner, how The Ark processes your personal data. For more information on our approach to privacy, please see our Privacy Notice

Contact Us

If you have any questions about how we use Cookies you can email us at or you can write to us at: Data Protection, The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


Cookie Policy

Effective Date: 02-Nov-2023
Last Updated: 02-Nov-2023

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