The Irish Citizenship

Becoming an Irish Citizen

Being an Irish citizen means being legally recognized as a national of Ireland and a citizen of Europe. Some conditions allow foreign individuals to apply for the Irish Citizenship acquisition. People who have a family or social connection with the country may be part of the Irish Community living in Ireland or abroad.

By birth

If you were born in Ireland prior to 1 January 2005, you are automatically an Irish Citizen. People born in Ireland before the mentioned date may apply for Irish Citizenship by descent or naturalization.

By descent

If you were born in a foreign nation, but one of your parents was born in Ireland or was recognized as an Irish Citizen after your birth,  you may be eligible to Irish Citizenship. Having an Irish-born grandparent may also allow you to claim for Irish citizenship. The citizenship recognition based on ancestors other than your parents or grandparents is only possible if at least one of the conditions above mentioned are supplied.

Through marriage

If you are married to an Irish spouse for 3 years or more you can apply for the Irish Citizenship through naturalization, no matter if your marriage took place in Ireland or abroad.


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