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Dublin: 18 °C Tuesday 26 May, 2020

The Late Late Show met some of Ireland's newest citizens

“It was the proudest day of my life. Honestly.”

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LAST FRIDAY, IRELAND gained 3,000 new citizens in a ceremony held at the Convention Centre in Dublin city.

Ryan Tubridy was there to greet all the happy people after they got their Certificates of Naturalisation.

What a welcome:

But he wasn’t just there as part of the welcoming committee, as last night a few of those taking part in the ceremony were his guests on The Late Late Show.

New Irish citizen Aksana Sidarchuk told Tubridy her story of arriving in Two-Mile Borris at the age of nine from Chernobyl.

Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube

Mary and Eddie Clancy took her in when she first arrived temporarily, and were in the audience to celebrate with her last night.

“I was a little bit unwell at the time and I spent a few days in Limerick Hospital and Mary and Eddie were very generous and kind to me over the years – they brought me back every summer for treatments and I’m in Ireland since I’m 19,” she said.

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Given Tubridy was there for the ceremony, he had his own take on proceedings: ”That ceremony had a great effect on me – I thought it was positive and emotional and warm … I’d love to know what it meant to you.”

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“It was the proudest day of my life. Honestly. I actually cried when I had to declare my fidelity and loyalty to the nation,” Sidarchuk said.

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And she finished on the most enthusiastic note:

If I – touch wood – die in Ireland, don’t fundraise money, I will be happy buried in Irish soil. Wrap this flag around me, I’m home!

Lola Ayetigbo also gained her citizenship last week – and told the story of her late son Shetemi, who tragically died at just 16 years old.

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So many viewers at home were touched by the whole segment:

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And this quote just about summed up the prevailing attitude of people watching at home:

Welcome all.

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