How to Get Irish Citizenship; Irish Passport for EU

How to get Irish Citizenship and Irish Passport
Episode 178 Shownotes from

Today we interview:
Bill Sweeney, who has been there and done that !
Listen to todays podcast interview by clicking below:

Bill has been on the show before, outlining his successful
Irish family research.  See previous podcast 161 for that:
( Counties Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon, Ireland.  Sweeney,
Horan, Brennan …. and so on ! )

Today there are several new topic of interest,
including obtaining Irish Citizenship and an Irish Passport.

1)  FBR is the word for the day, meaning “Citizenship through
Foreign Births Registration”.

2) Most of the time it takes to get these documents is simply
‘waiting time’.

3) an Irish Passport is the goal for many obtaining Citizenship,
and it is not difficult once you are a citizen.

4) Children born AFTER your citizenship may automatically
become citizens, but not those born before.

5) If you have a grandparent born in Ireland you are in luck.
You’ll need 3 forms of identification for them, like birth, death,
and marriage certificates or other documents.

Interview Notes:
Bill had great success in researching his family history in
Ireland as given earlier this year on show 161 (see link above).

How do you get Irish Citizenship ?
Bill says it is pretty straight forward to get citizenship.
It may take 18 months, but most of that is just waiting time.
Once you have the records of your grandparents its really
about done.

Foreign Birth Registration
You will have to fill out one application for the ‘FBR’.
(Citizenship through Foreign Birth Registration.) You can
get that from the Irish Consulate nearest you and we have
copies of that form here at the Irish Roots Cafe for members!
What you need is basic genealogical proof that you descend
from your grandparent who was born in Ireland.  Your grand-
parents birth certificate or equivalent  is the key piece of
information.  If it is current enough you can often get that
online.  In all you’ll need to dig up 3 forms of proof.

Other Things
You’ll want your own birth certificate, and your parents
birth certificate to prove who you are.  You can even have
a parish priest vouch that you are who you say you are
when you send the papers in !

Spelling the Name
As we know, the same family name can be spelled different
ways on different documents.  The Irish are well aware of that,
so don’t panic if you find two spellings of the name.

Sending it off
Mail the completed FBR form to the Irish Consulate nearest you.
We have a list of Irish Consulates here:

About one year from this point Bill was sent the Foreign Birth
Registry Certificate, which meant success !  That means most
of the time you spend to get citizenship, is spent waiting.

Your Children
Under todays law, you must be a citizen when your children are born,
for them to automatically become citizens.

It is often easier to travel and work under an Irish Passport, which
also functions as an EU passport.  You just send in your FBR
certificate and your U.S. passport and you’ll get the Irish Passport
fairly quickly.

For more accurate details, listen to this podcast, and
visit Bills Blog at:

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