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Getting started

Membership of the Irish Red Cross is open to anyone aged 4 years and above.

As the Irish Red Cross has 80 local Branches throughout the country, the first thing to do is find which Branch you would like to join – please see the map to find the Branch closest to you. Once you know which Branch you would like to join, you can contact the Branch Secretary there to get more information about the Branch such as the activities and services they are involved in locally and what days/times they meet on.

When you are ready to join, you will need to complete your membership application pack. There are different application packs for different age groups, so please find the one that applies to you:

Annual Membership Application Packs:

New Adults Membership Application Pack ( Age 18+)  

Youth Membership Application Pack (Age 16-17)

Youth Membership Application Pack (Age 4 – 15)

These packs contain all the forms you will need to complete your membership application.

It is important that you can contact your local Branch before sending in any membership application forms.

The National Services team is here to assist you during your application and beyond – please contact us at membership@redcross.ie or by phone at 01-6424600 if you have any queries along the way.

Current Members

Renew membership  

To renew your membership online, click here: Renew membership    

Alternatively, you can download the membership renewal form here, and send your completed form into Head Office.

Renew Garda Vetting 

If your Garda Vetting is due for renewal, please download the relevant Garda Vetting Pack below, and complete the forms included. You will need to contact your local branch in order to have your ID Verification Form completed.

Current Adult member - Garda vetting pack. 

Current Youth member ages 16 - 17 - Garda vetting pack 


Garda Vetting:

All applicants over the age of 16 must complete Garda Vetting with the Irish Red Cross.

As part of this process, applicants must provide documentation to validate their identity. This ID Verification is done at the local level by a Branch Honorary Officer. By contacting the Branch Secretary before joining, they can assist you in signing off on the ID Verification form in your membership application pack.

Please see the National Vetting Bureau FAQ section for more information: https://vetting.garda.ie/Help/FAQ

If you have queries in relation to Garda Vetting, please contact us at gardavetting@redcross.ie 


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