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MILLIONS of euro has been raised in the last two years in Ireland through crowdfunding websites, with one in 15 people donating to more than 10,000 causes.

Crowdfunding is the relatively new phenomenon of raising funds for causes, start-ups, or artistic endeavours through small online donations from a large group of people.

There are several crowdfunding platforms people in Ireland have been using, from GoFundMe to Kickstarter to IndieGoGo to CauseVox.

In 2017 alone, €1.08m was raised on Kickstarter for Irish-based projects. In total, 226 projects were launched using the site in 2017.