My Great-Grandparents were Irish Born. Can I apply for Citizenship?
The simplest answer to this commonly asked question is No, not usually. Unless previous Generations have had their Births included on the Register of Foreign Births, it is most unlikely that any application can be made for Citizenship retrospectively. Citizenship is passed down from Irish Citizens to their children but must be claimed if Born abroad, it is not automatic after the first generation. Where a person may consider themselves Irish, have a strong sense of their Irish heritage etc., without their Parents having claimed their own Irish Citizenship, their children cannot do so.
For second and third Generation Irish, the application process is very straightforward. For third generation Irish, it is wise to register, where possible, on the Register of Foreign Births. Preferably, before you have a family of your own … in order to ensure their entitlement to Irish Citizenship and the Freedom that it affords through holding an Irish Passport. Primarily, every person is a Citizen of their own Nation of Birth and the generations that follow an Irish Citizen abroad, cannot assume an Irish Citizenship. This must be claimed through the proper channels. However, it is certainly worth inquiring whether your Parent registered on the Foreign Birth Register, if so, an application is still possible.
All Documents required to prove lineage must be Civil Registration documents only, Church and Census information do not suffice. Orders can be placed on the Website www.birthsdeathsmarriage.ie and in most cases, they are dispatched in 1-2 working days.