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Gaining Irish Citizenship through family ties

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 to being an Irish citizen.

However, if either parent is an Irish citizen but born outside Ireland, it is a little more complicated. You are not automatically an Irish citizen – but you may be entitled to become one.

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Frequently asked questions about gaining Irish citizenship

Tens of millions of people across the world have Irish heritage and many of them actually qualify for Irish citizenship – even if they have never set foot in Ireland.

Many people like to exercise this right in order to feel more closely linked to their heritage.

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Irish citizenship is ranked as the second best in the world

Ireland is the second-best country in the world to hold citizenship, according to an international study ranking the rights and benefits of different nation’s citizens.

Italian Dual Citizenships conducted the study which measured the rights of citizens from different countries over a vast range of issues.

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The Irish passport is one of the top 10 most powerful in the world

The Irish passport is one of the most powerful in the world, according to the latest calculations by the Henley Passport Index.

Henley studied data from the International Air Transport Association to see how freely a citizen was able to travel using the passport of their country.

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Hollywood star Olivia Wilde loved Ireland so much she became an Irish citizen

American actress Olivia Wilde has spoken about her childhood summers in Ireland and her pride in being an Irish citizen.

Unusually, she qualified for Irish citizenship, despite not having any Irish blood.

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How to become an Irish citizen

Many people across the world are proud of their Irish heritage, but can they actually become an Irish citizen as a result of their ancestry?

Hollywood star John C Reilly recently revealed that he was to become an Irish citizen, despite being ‘one grandparent away’ from being eligible.

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American star Mel Gibson is an Irish citizen and says Ireland ‘feels like home’

American actor and director Mel Gibson is also an Irish citizen and has even been given the freedom of the town of Trim in Co Meath.

Many may associate the star with Scotland after his performance as William Wallace in one of his most famous movies, Braveheart.

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

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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Our overseas readers tell us their experiences of the process of becoming an Irish citizen

With news that American star John C Reilly is to become an Irish citizen, we wondered how many people from overseas dreamed of doing the same.

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

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 immigrant population.