The Irish Government recently launched the Certificate of Irish Heritage, an official recognition by the Irish Government of those who are proud of their Irish Ancestor and their own Irish heritage.
Gavin O’Sullivan, customer service team leader for the project responsible for the certificate, on behalf of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, asked me if I would share the Certificate of Irish Heritage website with you.
The certificate is available only to those who have an Irish ancestor and can provide required information about their ancestor and their Irish line of descent.
You may already have this information, or you may need to do some work in advance - for which help and guidance (online and by email or phone) is available from the project team.
The information and documents you submit will be checked and validated before your application is approved and your certificate shipped.
While a selection of design backgrounds are available - Emigrant Ship, West of Ireland, Celtic Knot - each Certificate shares the same fundamental design, which includes the Harp (the State emblem of Ireland), and a quote from Article 2 of the Constitution of Ireland.
The Certificates are signed on behalf of the Government of Ireland by the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.
The Certificate will be unique to you, showing your name and the names of up to 2 of your Ancestors who were born in Ireland. If you know their year and county of birth, this will be printed also on the Certificate.
The price of a standard Certificate is €40.00, plus delivery costs which are specific to each country - €15.00 to the US for an unframed certificate, and €22.50 for a framed certificate. The cost of a frame is an additional €60.00 plus delivery.
Visit the Certificate of Irish Heritage” website for full details on how to apply and information packs. It’s a very detailed website with genealogy resources and features.