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Celebrate your life when you reach 100 years old: received a Centenarian Bounty
In a time where the older population can sometimes be ignored, there is still one scheme that is in existence.
This scheme referred to as a Centenarian Bounty Scheme awards a gift to people who reach 100 years of age. When they are nearing 100 years of age they forward an application form to the Centenarian Bounty department.
After there application is submitted they will be awarded a cheque and will received a congratulation letter ifrom the President of Ireland complimenting them on reaching this age.
Centenarian Bounty Prize
In Ireland when you reach 100 years of age, this is seen as a massive achievement. Any man or woman who reaches this age will get their picture in the paper and will also have a big party.
To celebrate this achievement in a persons life, they are given
1) A cheque for €2,540
2) A letter from the president congratulating them on reaching 100 years of age
Each year after that from 101 onwards they will receive a letter again from the President and also a commemorative coin for each subsequent year.
What is the Centenarian Bounty
This is awarded to each person who turns 100 years old. You receive a signed letter of congratulation from the President of Ireland along with a cheque of €2,540.
You can celebrate this happy event by holding a party and having a presentation where you receive the gifts from someone from the clergy or from a close friend on behalf of the President.
Or if your the type of person who doesn't like making a big deal of things you can just have them sent to your own home.
When you then turn 101 and every other birthday after that you also will continue to receive a signed letter from the President and will also receive a specially designed coin to mark the occasion each year with the letter.
Who is entitled to the Centenarian Bounty
To be entitled to the Centenarian Bounty prize you must be an Irish national or a foreign national who is residing in Ireland when you turn 100.
In 2006 the government made some changes to the policy so that Irish people not currently living in Ireland but in another country aboard are still entitle to apply for the Centenarian Bounty.
They just need to submit an application form to be considered.
Do you know anyone who reached 100 years of age?
If you live in Ireland and are in receipt of an Irish pension, your name is automatically forwarded to the President when you reach 100 years. This is because The Department of Social Protection (DSP) office have your details on record and will forward on your details.
The Department of Social Protection will then send out an Inspector from the department to verify the information that is submitted is correct and that the person is alive and also resides at that location. Once this is confirmed the Centenarian Bounty will be awarded to them.
If you are not in receipt of the pension you need to complete the application form.
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Applying For The Centenarian
- Application form for Centenarian Bounty
Application form for people who want to apply for the Centenarian Bounty which is awarded by the President of Ireland.
Apply for Centenarian Bounty outside Ireland
If you reside outside Ireland you will be asked to contact your Irish diplomatic mission or the Department of Foreign Affairs so they can verify that the person is eligible for this prize.
You can send the complete application form to your nearest embassy or consulate.
Or alternatively you can forward it on to:
Centenarian Bounty Scheme, Irish Abroad Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Apply for Centenarian Bounty Scheme if you live in Ireland
If you live in Ireland you don't need to do anything. Once you are in receipt of a pension The Department of Social Protection (DSP) will automatically deal with your application as they have your detail on record.