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Comedy star Jimmy Carr speaks about his Irish heritage and dual British and Irish citizenship

Jimmy Carr

Top UK comedian Jimmy Carr has spoken about his Irish heritage and how being from an Irish family would sometimes cause problems for him growing up. Carr has been one of the UK’s most successful comedians over the last two decades and his aloof but easy-going style has made him …

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Punk legend John Lydon speaks about childhood summers in Co Cork and his Irish citizenship

John Lydon

Punk icon John Lydon has spoken about how his Irish heritage has influenced his music and why he travels on an Irish passport. The Sex Pistols and PiL frontman was born in Holloway, North London and grew up in Finsbury Park, an area with a large Irish, Pakistani and Jamaican …

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Gene Kelly’s widow speaks about the star’s struggle to gain Irish citizenship – despite having an Irish grandfather

Gene Kelly

American legend Gene Kelly was one of the major stars of the golden age of Hollywood. In 1999, the multi-talented actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director and producer was named the 15th greatest male screen legend of all time by the American Film Institute.  

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Attaining Irish citizenship through naturalisation

Woman in front of Irish flag

People who do not have a recent family history of Irish citizenship or a spouse who is an Irish citizen don’t need to lose hope. You can still become an Irish citizen through naturalisation, which is the process whereby a foreign national living in Ireland may apply to become an …

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Becoming an Irish citizen through marriage or civil partnership

bride and groom

People from overseas who are married to an Irish citizen could be entitled to become an Irish citizen – if they meet certain criteria. They need to apply for citizen ship through naturalisation. It is the same process that any foreign nationals would go through.  

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Gaining Irish Citizenship through family ties

Family tree on Irish flag

Are your parents Irish citizens? If either of your parents was born in Ireland, and is an Irish citizen, you are automatically an Irish citizen – wherever you were born. You can Follow this link to apply for an Irish passport – although having a passport is not a necessary …

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