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Know Your Rights: The Foreign Births Register

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Q: I wasn’t born in Ireland but I want to claim citizenship by descent from my Irish relatives. What are the rules?

A: You are eligible to claim Irish citizenship by descent if:

One of your grandparents was born in Ireland

or

One of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth but was not born in Ireland.

If you meet either of these qualifications, you can become an Irish citizen by registering your birth with the Foreign Births Register.

Q: What documents do I need to register my birth with the Foreign Births Register?

A: You need to have documents of your own and documents relating to your Irish relative. You should provide your own:

* Birth certificate
* State-issued identification
* Two proofs of address
* Four photographs

And you also need your Irish grandparent or parents:

* Birth certificate(s)
* Current State-issued identification (or their death certificate if they are deceased)
* More documents may be needed depending on your situation (for example, if you have changed your name or you were adopted).

Q: What is the cost?

A: The fees are:

€278 for an adult
€158 for a child

Q: I am an Irish citizen by birth but my child was not born in Ireland. Should I register their birth on the Foreign Births Register?

A: No, your child is automatically an Irish citizen. You can simply apply for an Irish passport for your child.
Read more about the Foreign Births Register on citizensinformation.ie.

You can call a member of the local Citizens Information Service in Kerry on 0818 07 7860. The telephone lines are staffed from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. The National Phone Service is available on 0818 07 4000 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

Alternatively, you can email on tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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