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2,500 people officially became Irish today

Three citizenship ceremonies were held in Dublin earlier today.

Citizen 060 90387254 Lulius Hegedus, originally from Romania, with his Certificate of Irish Citizenship Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

IT’S SOMETHING MANY of us take for granted, but for 2,500 people of different nationalities today saw them all officially declared Irish citizens.

Three separate citizenship ceremonies were held in Dublin’s Convention Centre earlier today with 112 different nationalities represented by the various candidates.

The nationalities entering the fold include Poland, India, Romania, Nigeria, Brazil, and Thailand among many, many others.

The Garda band played a short concert, and three separate government ministers (Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, and James Reilly) were on hand to lend some political gravitas to proceedings.

citizen 077 90387256 Nikolina Damyanona, originally from Bulgaria, with her daughter Daisy Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Citizen 110 90387288 8-year-old Likema Yonas before receiving her citizenship Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Citizen 039 90387284 Modupe Tokunbo Apara, originally from Nigeria, with her Certificate of Irish Citizenship Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Those granted citizenship can now enjoy certain rights and privileges that are guaranteed under the Irish Constitution.

For example, if you are a citizen living in Ireland, you are entitled to equality before the law, freedom to travel, freedom of expression and religious liberty.

Citizen 143 90387289 Raad and Naz Mohammed (3), originally from Iraq Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Citizens 211 90387263 Nurses Procesa Robediso and Agnes Licudine, originally from the Philippines, at today's ceremony Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Foreign nationals can apply to become Irish citizens through naturalisation.

The residence requirements are more favourable for the spouse or civil partner of an Irish citizen but there is no longer an absolute entitlement to Irish citizenship through marriage.

Citizen 85 90387285 Health minister Leo Varadkar addressing the ceremony Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Citizenship 004 90387249 Magdalena Fulcznska and new Irish Citizen Iwina Reimus, originally from Poland Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Read: The Hardest Irish Citizenship Test Ever

Read: Ireland has given out citizenship to more people than anywhere else in the EU*

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