Thousands of people have paid money for a certificate that 'proves' their 'Irishness' 6 years ago

Thousands of people have paid money for a certificate that 'proves' their 'Irishness'

A lot of quotation marks needed here.

The Department of Foreign Affairs have been issuing 'certificates of Irish heritage' since 2011. In that time, just over 3,000 people have forked over their hard-earned money so they have something to point to when they claim that they are Irish.

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Our verdict is that it's a good idea, but nothing proves your Irishness like the certificate of Irishness that JOE.ie bestowed upon Paul Rudd last month.

The certificates cost €40, but there is also the option to splash out and buy a framed one for €120. Tom Cruise received a certificate of Irishness back in 2013, but the popularity of the certificates is falling with only 179 having been presented in 2015 so far.

What's happening? Don't people want to be Irish anymore?

It's really a state of mind anyway.

So if you're a Bostonian reading this, sitting in a pub called 'O'Flaherty's', save your money. You're Irish if you really believe you're Irish.

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