boards.ie Ltd., Ireland’s largest message board community, has acquired the “Boards Group” set of message board sites from creator and boards.ie director John Breslin, in a move that opens the way for similar community websites to boards.ie in other countries such as the UK and the US. boards.ie is one of the largest indigenous Irish websites, and celebrates its 7th birthday as a company in February 2007.
To date, the Boards Group consists of boards.us, a site for discussing all things related to the United States, boards.jp, a Japanese animation fan site, and smaller discussion sites for New Zealand and China. Plans for international expansion involve boards.org.uk, which aims to become a sister site for boards.ie in the UK, and boards.tv, a television discussion forum that is currently in early development.
The acquisition also includes journals.ie and Planet Journals, a popular blog hosting and aggregation service that was established by Breslin in 2005. The boards.ie “eyes” brand, currently used on the classified ads subsite adverts.ie, will also be extended to this service.