What are cookies and how are they used?

A cookie is a small text file that’s placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit one of our websites. We, and some of our affiliates and third-party service providers, may use a few different types of cookies. Some are persistent cookies (cookies that remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time) and some are session ID cookies (cookies that expire when you close your browser).

Why do we use cookies and tracking technologies?

They help us to operate our websites and services, enhance and customise your experience across our websites and services, perform analytics and deliver advertising and marketing that’s relevant to you.

There are also cookies set by third parties across our websites and services. Third party cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through our websites and services, such as advertising, interactive content and analytics. They also enable us to use advertising networks to manage our advertising on other websites.

First Party Cookies

Below is a list of cookies that we use on our websites and services. The types of cookies we use are always changing. Check back regularly to make sure you stay up to date. If you think we’ve missed a cookie, please let us know.

These first party cookies are set by Irish Chamber Orchestra and do not get shared with 3rd party.

  • eucookielaw – Used to determine if the user has clicked to hide the cookie notice on the site or not
  • Contact Forms – When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
  • redux_current_tab – used to highlight the object or active title on the menu
  • redux_current_tab_get – used to highlight the object or active title on the menu
  • wordpress_test_cookie – used so that the WordPress contents manager can check whether the browser has activated the cookies

To keep track of cart data, WooCommerce, the software used to run our online shop, makes use of 3 cookies:

  • woocommerce_cart_hash
  • woocommerce_items_in_cart
  • wp_woocommerce_session_

The first two cookies contain information about the cart as a whole and helps WooCommerce know when the cart data changes. The final cookie (wp_woocommerce_session_) contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer. No personal information is stored within these cookies.

Third party cookies
  • _ga – Google Analytics Cookie – Used to distinguish users
  • _gid – Google Analytics Cookie – Used to distinguish users
  • _gat – Google Analytics Cookie – Used to throttle request rate
How can you control cookies?

You can accept or reject cookies by amending your web browser controls. Some websites and services might not work like they’re supposed to when cookies are removed.

You can manage your cookie settings by following your browser’s instructions. Here are some links that might be of assistance:

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