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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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Irish Family History and Genealogy Shownotes. episode 129
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Among Todays Topics:

1)  Maloney is the Irish Family Name of the Day
2)  My Right Foot….found
3)  Getting Irish Citizenship
4)  Convicts to Australia
5)  Grandparents Pilgramage to …..
6)  Donegal Designer Shoes
7)  Lessons from the Irish Hedge School

Timeline for this weeks audio broadcast:

This Weeks Topics:             1:05
Notes from Mike:                1:54
Book of the Month:             8:55
The Magnificent Seven:       9:30
Irish Name of the Day:      12:00
Websites of the Week:       16:18
Curious News and Notes:  17:45

Total Time: 23:28
Notes This Week:

1)  The big news around here is the upcoming launch of
Lessons from the Irish Hedge Row” or “Irish Hedgerow History
Lessons: People, Places, Events ant Travel” as I think we will list
it as on iTunes.
This new broadcast series, is our 6th, and we think you will
like it.  We have lessons of interest to everyone, including
family researchers.  Our first show will announce the upcoming
series, and should be available at this week.
It will probably take a week or two for approval to appear on
iTunes however.

I think we will, here and now, give our listeners today a preview
of the first podcast announcement for this Hedge School series.
You will will have to listen to this podcast to hear it now !
(Listen to todays podcast to hear our audio excerpt)

We will keep you posted on upcoming episodes. We already have
Brian Boru, The Great Irish Famine, Devalera and Irish Political
parties on the agenda !  Be sure to subscribe to this one as soon as
it is released, which will be very soon !

Books of the Month:

1) Families of County Donegal Ireland

2) County Donegal, Ireland, genealogy and family history notes.

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Coming Up:
What exploded in the skies over Ireland ?

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :
1)  Kelly Marcuzzi of Victoria, Australia your Co. Dublin Genealogy
… book has shipped.

2)  Sister Sylvia of Milwaukee, WI, your Co. Mayo Genealogy book
has shipped

3)  Michael Cooper of Upminster, UK your Irish Genealogies has
shipped !

4) Benjamin O’Connor of Perth, Australia, your Galway genealogy
book has shipped.

5)  Austin Leahy of Lady Lake, FL, your 1659 census has shipped.

6)  David Madden of Ridgewood, NJ, your Co. Mayo genealogy book
has shipped.

7)  Richard Milligan of Apache, AZ welcome as a new member !

Check out our online search list at:

Thanks to all of our members – without you these
podcasts would not be possible –  !

Irish Family Name of the Day:


Todays family history in honor of member:  Maureen Maloney

Related Spellings of the Name
O’Malony, Mawloney, Meloney, Melony, Moloney, Mullowney

Varient Spelling Groups:   2510
(Taken from the Master Guide to the Various Spellings
of Irish Family Names)

History of the Name
From the Irish ‘O Maoldhomhnaigh’  (servant of the church).
The O’Molonys were a Dalcassion sept of Kiltanon, by Tulla, in
the eastern part of Co. Clare.  They are found in Keatings history
and given as follows : ”The O’Moloneys were chiefs of Cuiltenan,
now the parish of Kiltonanlea in the barony of Tully, County of
Clare. They remain in the Clare, Limerick and Tipperary regions.
The Irish Book of Arms give one “Molony of Cragg, Co. Clare.”
This line traces itself back to John O’Molony who died in 1610,
and whose motto is given as “In Domino et non in arcu meo s
perabo.”  One Alfred Molony of that family is cited.

copyright 2007, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms
Here is some of the information given in the Irish Book of Arms

1) Found in the Irish Book of Arms plate #207. Azure, on the
dexter side a quiver of three arrows, on the sinister a bow erect
all or.


Coming Up Later in this episode:
Tax Free Status in Ireland

The Free Master Index Search of Irish Names
at finds the family name 35 times
including the following examples :

1)   Maloney arms in The Families of County Clare, Ireland
2)   The Families of Co. Kerry, and Families of Limerick
3)   O’Maloney in the Irish Book of Arms
4)   Cornelius Maloney obituary (J13).
5)   Malooney in King James Irish Army List
6)   Maloney in Irish Families on the California Trail.
7)   Maloney in ‘Missouri Irish’

Websites of the Week:

1)   Maloney Genealogy Queries

2)   Looking for Convicts to Australia ?
(hat tip to Gould Genealogy)

3)  Huge Explosion over skies in Ireland

4) Getting Irish Citizenship Through Your Irish Ancestors

Curious News and Notes

1)  My Right Foot.
2,000 year old feet found in the attic
Two right feet were found while renovating the attic of a house
in south Dublin.  One of a child, the other of an adult….

2)  Annual Grandparents Pilgramage to Knock, Co. Mayo

3)  Titantic themed hotel planned in Belfast….. now is that a
good idea?

4)  Calling all Greaney family members. Say hello to your cousins.
Siobhan & Noel Greaney of  Oranmore, Co. Galway win 9.8 million.

5) Irish writers, musicians and artists have been tax free, but…
all that may change as the recession hits…

6)  If the Choo fits……. designer Donegal Tweed Boots launched

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