One Citizenship Ceremony will be held at the WIT Arena in Waterford on Friday, June 28, with approximately 650 candidates originating from over 50 countries expected to attend.
Date: Friday, 28th June 2019
Location: WIT Arena in Waterford
Ceremony approximate start time: 11:30
At the ceremony on the 28th June in Waterford, approximately 650 candidates from 50 countries will receive Irish citizenship. Full details of the venue, including transport links and driving directions are currently available on the INIS website. Waterford has been chosen this year for a smaller ceremony in order for the event to coincide with the annual celebration of the first hoisting of the tricolour by Thomas Francis Meagher in Waterford in 1848.
Citizenship ceremonies were first introduced in 2011 in order to mark the occasion of the granting of citizenship in a dignified and solemn manner. Since citizenship ceremonies were first introduced, there has been a total of 141 ceremonies with people from over 180 countries receiving their certificates of naturalisation. To date, including minors, approximately 120,000 people have received Irish citizenship since 2011.
June ceremony statistics:
667 invited: 357 female (54%) and 310 male (46%)
Top 10 nationalities:
|China (Including Hong Kong)||15|
For information: The Presiding Officer on the day will be Retired High Court Judge Bryan McMahon. The Minister of State with special responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has confirmed attendance.
Filming is permitted within the confines of the auditorium only. All journalists and photographers should present appropriate NUJ/PPAI ID upon arrival.