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Celebrate your life when you reach 100 years old: received a Centenarian Bounty

Updated on March 12, 2018
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Reaching the age of 100 in Ireland means a reward in the form of a check from the Irish Government.

Due to a scheme referred to as the Centenarian Bounty Scheme, recipients are rewarded a cash gift on reaching 100 years of age.

Prior to receiving this gift, applicants will have to complete an application form and there forward it to the Centenarian Bounty department to be added to their waiting list.

After an application is submitted, checked and the applicant become eligible, they will be awarded the check on their birthday along with a congratulations letter signed by from the President of Ireland congratulating them on reaching 100 years of age.

Once you reach 100 years of age, you will receive  a cheque for €2540
Once you reach 100 years of age, you will receive a cheque for €2540 | Source

Centenarian Bounty Prize

This reward is open to residents living in Ireland and citizens that also live abroad. There are some stipulations you must first meet to be listed but if a recipient meets these they will be added to the list.

The two things the recipient receives is

  • A check for €2,540
  • A letter from The President congratulating them on reaching 100 years of age

Every year after they have reached 100 years of age and on-wards they will again receive a letter from The President along with a commemorative coin for each subsequent year after.

Who is entitled to the Centenarian Bounty

To be eligible for the Centenarian Bounty reward, you must be

  • An Irish national or
  • A foreign national who is residing in Ireland when you turn 100 years old.

However, in 2006 the government decided to make some amendments to this rule to include Irish people who had moved abroad.

They changed the policy so that those residents who currently no longer reside in Ireland on the date that they reach 100 years of age, who live in another country are still entitle to apply for the Centenarian Bounty.

They just need to submit an application form to be added to the list and wait to get confirmation that they are eligible.

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List of Eligibility Rules

To be eligible you must fall into the following category.

  • You need to currently reside in Ireland and be in receipt of an Irish pension. If you are, then your name will be automatically forwarded to the President when you reach 100 years.

The Department of Social Protection office will have the current details of all applicants in receipt of a pension on record and they will forward these details to the relevant department.

An inspector from the Department of Social Protection will then be sent out to verify the information that has been submitted is correct and that the person who is eligible is actually alive and that they reside at that address.

Once this is confirmed the Centenarian Bounty will be awarded to the recipient.

If you are not in receipt of the pension you need to complete the application form and submit it to the relevant department.

Number of people who have receive Centenarian Bounty


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 an application 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 to get on the list. Once you are in receipt of a pension The Department of Social Protection (DSP) will automatically deal with your application as they have all your detail on record.

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    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      @ June Preston

      To be honest, I would check and see if you could get it. On the application form, you just need to confirm that you are an Irish citizen born on the island of Ireland. The Dublin number you can contact to get clarification is 01 478 0822.

      You need to present originals of the following items when you apply for it.

      - Your Irish passport

      - If your surname is different now to that at birth i.e. married, you need to provide your marriage certificate

      - Provide 2 proof of residency i.e. utility bill

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      June Preston 

      5 years ago

      Are you entitled to this payment if you live in Northern Ireland and are Northern Irish?

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      @sonya, That's amazing, Congrats to your nana.

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      7 years ago

      My Nana reached 100, at her party today. Love you always Nana.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      @ ciara, if you are an Irish citizen and you live in Northern Ireland, then yes you would be entitle to it.

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      7 years ago

      does this include northern ireland?

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      @ skeeter747, you have a bit of irish in your blood then.

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      8 years ago

      Great Hub! My great Grandparents was from Ireland.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      @ PhotoBabyinvites ,thank you for your comment. I'm happy the information was useful to you.

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      8 years ago

      You really had the best information I have been searching for.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      @ Ancillotti, I'll help you find accommodation when you move :-)

      It's great that the government actknowledge people for living to that age.

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      8 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

      Wow! I can not believe it! There's nothing like it in Brazil! I guess I'll pack up and move to Ireland already! Hub useful. Up vote for sure!

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      @ bernieadkins, Ireland are great for offering free things like this to the citzens

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      Very interesting information! I don't think we have anything like this in the U.S.


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