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Use of Cookies

Last updated: 29 April 2022

This Website is operated by Boyne Valley Unlimited Company, a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland with company registration number 24499 and registered address at Platin Road, Drogheda, Co. Meath ("we" “us” or “our”).

We mentioned in our Data Protection Policy that we use cookies and related technologies (collectively referred to as “cookies”) to provide you with our website and the related products and services (together, the “Website”).

This policy explains how we use cookies and similar technologies on our Website (the “Cookie Policy”).

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file consisting of a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identifies your browser or device. Such recognition helps the efficient operation of Website and allows us to remember your preferences and to ensure that our advertising is relevant to you.

Do we use cookies?

Yes, like most websites and applications we use cookies in the course of providing you with use and access of our Website. We may use technologies like cookies, pixels and local storage to deliver, secure, and understand products, services, and ads.

These technologies help us understand how our Website is being used, help you navigate our Website, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your experience in using our Website. Cookies can also help ensure marketing you may see online is more relevant to you and your interests.

What cookies do we use and why?

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • To authenticate you and secure our Website: We use cookies to identify you, and monitor login and status data. This allows us to know, for example, whether you are logged in and from where. It also helps us to detect and stop fraud or potential fraud on our Website.
  • To remember your settings and preferences: We use cookies to recognise your browser or device and remember your preferences.
  • To improve performance: We use cookies to improve the operation and presentation of our Website and provide you with the best experience.
  • To conduct analytics: We use analytics cookies to collect anonymous traffic data to help us analyse how members and visitors access and use our Website, and for other analytics services relating to website activity and internet usage. This allows us to identify errors, learn how our services perform, and improve and develop our services over time.

We use the following cookies:

Necessary cookies 

These cookies are required in order for the website to work properly. If you do not allow these cookies, some parts of the website may not work properly, such as logging in, submitting forms, and other standard website behaviour. The only way to disable these cookies is via your browser settings, described below.


Cookie Name Description Expiry


A security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks.

2 hours


Control panel user feedback messages, encrypted for security.



PHP’s session cookie



Determines whether a user is automatically logged in upon visiting the site.

2 weeks


Session id, used to associate a logged in user with their data.

1-2 hours


Saves responses to Consent requests for non-logged in visitors

360 days

_cf_bm This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of the website. 1 day


Functionality cookies:

These cookies help personalize content and functionality, including remembering changes a user has made to parts of the website that they can customize. These cookies are optional and simply make the website friendlier to use and add functionality without requiring registration.


Cookie Description Expiry


This cookie is used by our website to successfully redirect users after they have submitted a form on the site.



Contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns.


exp_ cp_last_site_id

MSM cookie indicating the last site accessed in the Control Panel.



Records the time of the last page load. Used in in calculating active sessions.

360 days


Date of the user’s last visit, based on the last activity cookie. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by forum and comments to show unread topics for both members and guests.

360 days



These cookies allow us measure how visitors use our website, which pages are popular, and what our traffic sources are. This helps us improve how our website works and make it easier for all visitors to find what they are looking for. The information is aggregated and anonymous, and cannot be used to identify you. If you do not allow these cookies, we will be unable to use your visits to our website to help make improvements.


Cookie Description Expiry


This cookie is used by Google Universal Analytics 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


This cookie is used by Google Universal Analytics to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.

1 day


This cookie is used by Google Analytics to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.

59 seconds


Targeting Cookies

These cookies are usually placed by third-party advertising networks, which may use information about your website visits to develop a profile of your interests. This information may be shared with other advertisers and/or websites to deliver more relevant advertising to you across multiple websites. We do not display any ads or set any targeting cookies.

How long do cookies last?

The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a "persistent" or "session" cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.

First and third party cookies

Many of the cookies are first-party cookies that are placed and read by us. Third-party cookies may also be placed on your device by our business partners when you access or use our Website. These specialist third party cookies are not set by us but are rather set by companies such as Google for website analytics purposes. Please read our partners’ privacy policies to ensure that you are comfortable with the manner in which they use cookies.

How to refuse the use of cookies

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, if you do this you won't have access to many features that may make your use and access of our Website smoother, and some elements of our Website may not function properly. If your browser setting blocks all cookies (including necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all parts of our Website.

If you want to opt out of specific third-party cookies, please consult the third party’s website or privacy policy as well as the cookie settings on your browser.

Changes to this Cookie Policy

We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our business, our practices, or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons, , so please review it frequently. We will notify you of any changes by posting the updated policy on this page with its effective date. If the change is material, we will take reasonable steps to notify you such as by posting a notice on our website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Cookie Policy you may contact us at