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Centenarian Bounty

The Centenarian Bounty is awarded by the President of Ireland to Irish citizens who have reached 100 years of age.

What is the Centenarian Bounty?

It’s a payment, accompanied by a letter of congratulations, signed by the President.

Am I eligible?

You’re eligible to apply for the Centenarian Bounty if:

  • You’ve reached your 100th birthday
  • You’re an Irish citizen, born on the island of Ireland, and living outside the State
  • Please note, it is not possible to make payment of the Centenarian Bounty to the estate of a deceased person. Payment can also not be made even in cases where a person did reach their 100th birthday but where the application process was not completed before their death.

How do I apply?

You (or your representative) should complete the application form and return it to:

Your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate


Centenarian Bounty Scheme
Irish Abroad Unit
Department of Foreign Affairs 
80 St Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2
D02 VY53

Living in Ireland?

If you live in Ireland, you can get more information about the Centenarian Bounty from the Citizens Information Board.

How it began?

The first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, introduced the Centenarian’s Bounty in 1940 when a gift of £5 was given.

What about the commemorative coin for those who reach 101 years and over?

Áras an Uachtaráin issue the commemorative coins and you can contact them with any questions on the coin.