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Picture of Citizenship ceremonyAttending a citizenship ceremony is the final step to complete the naturalisation process. A day of citizenship ceremonies is held periodically throughout the year. Several ceremonies are often conducted at each event.

You will receive an invitation to your ceremony by post 4 weeks before it is scheduled to occur.

You are allowed to take 1 guest with you.

Successful applicants who are minors (children) do not have to attend a citizenship ceremony. They will receive their Certificate of Naturalisation by post.

At the ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalisation and make a declaration of fidelity and loyalty. You do not become an Irish citizen until you have made your declaration.

When you arrive at the ceremony venue, go to the registration desk to check-in. Bring your passport as photo identity. Driver’s licence and PSC card are other forms of photo identity that may be accepted.

After you register we will give you 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. Click here for the words
  • An Irish emblem
  • Letter from An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD

The citizenship ceremony itself will be presided over by a judge and is usually attended by a government minister. Press reporters or photographers may also be present.

The ceremony may last a couple of hours.

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.

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. Unauthorised changes will make it invalid and it may not be accepted when you apply for a passport.

After you become an Irish citizen, you can apply for your passport via the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The next citizenship ceremonies will take place on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Killarney Convention Centre (Gleneagle Hotel), Muckross Road, Killarney, Co Kerry.

At the ceremony candidates will take an oath of fidelity to the nation, receive their certificate of naturalisation and thereby become Irish citizens.

Given the volume of e-mails we are currently experiencing Citizenship Division will not be in a position to respond to e-mail queries about an invitation to the next ceremony.

Invitations will issue in the coming weeks. Please do not contact us in this regard as we are not in a position to confirm invitation at this stage.

Citizenship ceremonies take place at the Killarney Convention Centre (Gleneagle Hotel), Muckross Road, Killarney, Co Kerry.

Please make road and rail travel plans to get there using the Transport for Ireland website.

9 December 2019 in Killarney, Co. Kerry
2,000 candidates became Irish citizens at the Killarney Convention Centre. Read extracts from the commencement address at this ceremony.

29 April 2019 in Killarney, Co. Kerry
2,400 candidates became Irish citizens at the Killarney Convention Centre. 3 ceremonies were held on the day. Read extracts from the commencement address at this ceremony.

26 November 2018 in Killarney, Co. Kerry
3,000 candidates became Irish citizens at the Killarney Convention Centre. 3 ceremonies were held on the day. Read extracts from the commencement address at this ceremony.

21 May 2018 in Killarney, Co. Kerry
3,500 candidates became Irish citizens at the Killarney Convention Centre. 3 ceremonies were held on the day. Read extracts from the commencement address at this ceremony.

27 November 2017 in Dublin City
Over 3,200 candidates became Irish citizens at the Convention Centre Dublin. 3 ceremonies were held on the day. Read extracts from the commencement address at this ceremony.

19 June 2017 in Limerick City
355 candidates from 11 countries became Irish citizens at University Concert Hall in University of Limerick. Read extracts from the commencement address at this ceremony.

21 April 2017 in Dublin City
Over 3,000 candidates from 120+ countries became Irish citizens at the Convention Centre Dublin. 3 ceremonies were held on the day. Read the commencement address at this ceremony.

Citizenship Ceremony Live Stream 9th December 2019

If you have questions, please contact the Citizenship team.