If your application for Citizenship by Naturalisation is approved, you must attend a citizenship ceremony to complete the naturalisation process.
At the ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalisation and make a declaration of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State. You do not become an Irish citizen until you have made your declaration.
Schedule of ceremonies
A day of citizenship ceremonies is held periodically throughout the year, with several ceremonies being conducted at each event. The last day of ceremonies was held on 21 April 2017.
You will receive an invitation to your ceremony by post about 4 or 5 weeks before it is scheduled to occur. You are allowed to take 1 guest with you.
Successful applicants who are minors (ie children) do not have to attend a citizenship ceremony. They will receive their Certificate of Naturalisation by post.
What happens at a ceremony
When you arrive you will be given a pack that contains:
- Your Certificate of Naturalisation
- Information about how to apply for your Irish Passport
- Information on your right to register to vote
- Information about the circumstances under which your Irish citizenship can be revoked
- The words of the National Anthem
- An Irish emblem
The citizenship ceremony is presided over by a judge and usually attended by the Minister for Justice and Equality or another Government Minister. Press reporters and photographers may also be present.
The ceremony may last a couple of hours.
Declaration of fidelity
The declaration states that you will respect the rights, freedoms and laws of Ireland. You will be given the words of the declaration on the day and you won't have to memorise them.
You do not become an Irish citizen until you make your declaration.
Declaration of fidelity to the Irish nation and loyalty to the State
"I (name) having applied to the Minister for Justice and Equality for a certificate of naturalisation, hereby solemnly declare my fidelity to the Irish nation and my loyalty to the State.
I undertake to faithfully observe the laws of the State and to respect its democratic values."
Certificate of Naturalisation
Your Certificate of Naturalisation is a valuable document and it cannot be replaced. You should keep it in a safe place.
Never laminate your certificate or make other changes to it. Any unauthorised changes will make it invalid and it may not be accepted when you apply for a passport.
+ See photos from a citizenship ceremony
These photos were taken at citizenship ceremonies during 2015 and 2016.
After the ceremony
After you become an Irish citizen, you can apply for your passport via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
A notice will be published in the official journal Iris Óifigiúil stating that you have been granted a Certificate of Naturalisation. This notice will include your:
- Date of your Certificate of Naturalisation
- Whether you are of full age or a minor
These notices are required to be published by law and are mandatory. There are no exemptions.
If you have questions, contact us.
Updated: 24 April 2017
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24 April 2017
Removal of information about citizenship ceremonies held on 21 April 2017
20 April 2017
Further ceremony information added
10 April 2017
Attendee lists added for citizenship ceremonies in April 2017
20 December 2016