If you were born outside Ireland, you may be entitled to Irish citizenship.
Born outside Ireland?
You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland.
You can become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or you can become an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, but was not born in Ireland. If you’re eligible, you can register your birth on the Foreign Births Register.
Registering your birth
To register your birth on the Foreign Births Register, you must:
- Follow our How to Register a Foreign Birth guide
- Complete your application form online
- Print out a copy of your application form
- Send us your form, supporting documentation and checklist, photos and fee
Posting your application
Send your application to the address printed on your application form. This will be either:
- Your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate (if you live abroad)
- Our Cork office (if you live in Munster) Tel: 021 494 4763 (10am – 1pm)
- Our Dublin office (if you live elsewhere in Ireland) Tel: 01 408 2555 (10am – 1pm)
Please note that correspondence should be by post, email or telephone as the Dublin office is not open to members of the public.
Getting a replacement certificate
If you’re already an Irish citizen through Foreign Births Registration and you need to apply for a replacement certificate, contact:
- your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate (if you live abroad)
- our Cork office (if you live in Munster)
- our Dublin office (if you live elsewhere in Ireland).