Can identical domain names exist in different countries?

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I noticed that another store in Ireland has an identical name to my store but ends with ire instead of U.K. or .com which I have in my domains. I registered mine in May 21 and at the time there was no other name identical not a companies house business name with the name. I just wondered if this is normal practice and nothing can be done about it.

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Hi there @Markssxx!


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