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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.

Please do not contact us regarding ceremony invitations as we are not in a position to confirm invitations. You will receive an invitation to your ceremony by post before it is scheduled to occur.

You will receive an invitation to take one guest with you, this invitation can only be used by your guest.

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 is the other form of photo identity that may be accepted.

After you register we will give you

  • Your Certificate of Naturalisation
  • A ceremony booklet which contains:
    • 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

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.

After the ceremony if you wish to travel but you have not yet obtained your Irish Passport, you should still check with the Immigration Officer at the airport from which you are travelling to make sure that you will be able to leave and enter Ireland as a naturalised Irish Citizen.

Please do not contact us in this regard as we are not in a position to confirm invitation at this stage. Applicants to be invited will be notified in good time.

These events are entirely dependent on the operational needs of public health policy and the advice of healthcare professionals. The Department will continue to monitor developments.

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

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.

10 July 2020 at a Virtual Citizenship Ceremony
21 candidates became Irish citizens at a virtual citizenship ceremony hosted by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Helen McEntee TD.

2 and 3 March 2020 in Killarney, Co. Kerry
5,000 candidates became Irish citizens at the Killarney Convention Centre.

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 – Tuesday 3 March 2020 – 10:30am, 13:00pm and 15:30pm

Citizenship Ceremony Live Stream – Monday 2 March 2020 – 11:00am, 13:30pm and 16:00pm

Citizenship Ceremony Live Stream – 9th December 2019

If you have questions, please contact the Citizenship team.