Through the centuries, this great country has inspired, welcomed and, at times, sheltered the Irish, who came to France during periods of religious and political persecution. In return, Ireland sheltered the French Huguenots who added greatly to our industry and culture.
The granting of citizenship to a person who has come to our country from a foreign land is a major event in his or her life. It is a time of celebration, a rite of passage and a moment for all of you to cherish. It is also a solemn event for this State in granting it.