Citizenship ceremonies

If your application for Citizenship by Naturalisation is approved, you must attend a citizenship ceremony to complete the naturalisation process.

Schedule of ceremonies

A day of ceremonies is held periodically throughout the year, with several being conducted at each event. Citizenship ceremonies are usually held in Dublin and sometimes in other locations.

You will receive an invitation to the ceremony by post about 4 or 5 weeks before it is scheduled to occur, if your application to attend was successful. You are allowed to take 1 guest with you.

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

Ceremonies in 2017

The next date of citizenship ceremonies will be posted here when announced.

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 from this ceremony.

What happens at a ceremony

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. You will then 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. 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.

Public notice

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:

  • Name
  • Address
  • 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: 21 June 2017

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21 June 2017

Details of Limerick citizenship ceremony removed

12 June 2017

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30 May 2017

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Further ceremony information added

10 April 2017

Attendee lists added for citizenship ceremonies in April 2017

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