Ciara Kenny

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More than 200 Irish become Australian citizens on Australia Day

Are you celebrating Australia Day today, or have you recently become an Australian citizen?

Sat, Jan 26, 2013, 01:00

   

A Melbourne bar celebrates Irish emigration on Australia Day. Photograph: @CityElephant

Community events are taking place all over Australia today to celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the first British fleet in Sydney harbour in 1788.

In addition to countless barbecues, fireworks, festivals and concerts, more than 300 citizenship ceremonies will take place today, during which over 200 Irish people will pledge their allegiance to Australia and become citizens of the country. This will bring the number of Irish who have secured Australian citizenship in the past 12 months to 1,400.

Are you celebrating Australia Day today, or have you recently become an Australian citizen? Tell us about it in the comments section below, or Tweet your pics to @GenEmigration.