The Centenarian Bounty is a national award made by the Irish president to people who have reached 100 years of age.
The Centenarian Bounty is usually awarded on behalf of the President by a local member of the clergy or friend of the centenarian. A letter of congratulations signed by the President accompanies the award. The centenarian can also request that the letter and the President's bounty be sent directly to themselves without a presentation ceremony.
From 1 January 2000, the President has also marked the birthday of each person resident in Ireland over the age of 100 years. On his or her 101st and every subsequent birthday, the person receives a special commemorative coin in a presentation box, along with a congratulatory letter signed by the President. A new coin is designed for each year.
The Centenarian Bounty is paid to all Irish nationals and foreign nationals resident in Ireland on their 100th birthday. Since March 2006, Irish citizens born in the island of Ireland who have reached 100 and are living outside the State are eligible for the Bounty.
You will receive €2,540 and a congratulatory letter signed by the President on your 100th birthday.
You will also get a commemorative coin and a congratulatory letter from the President on your 101st and subsequent birthdays.
The Department of Social Protection (DSP) automatically forwards information about people who are about to reach 100 and who are getting DSP pensions to the office of the President. The office of the President then makes the award directly to the individual.
You should forward information about people (Irish nationals and foreign nationals) resident in Ireland who are not receiving a social welfare pension to the Pensions Section in the Department of Social Protection. The Department will arrange for a social welfare inspector to verify the information. This may involve a visit by the inspector. Once it has been verified that the person is eligible for the bounty, the award will be made to them.
You should forward information about Irish citizens born in the island of Ireland and resident outside the State,using the application form for Centenarian Bounty (pdf) to the person's nearest Irish diplomatic mission or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (see 'Where to apply' below). Once it has been verified that the person is eligible, the award will be made to them.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
80 St Stephen’s Green
Tel:(01) 478 0822
Fax:(01) 408 2026
If you are living abroad contact your nearest diplomatic mission or the Irish Abroad Unit (Centenarian Bounty Scheme) in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
80 St. Stephens Green
Tel:+353 (01) 408 2000
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.