Found here at TTAG:
According to wikipedia.org Irish
law requires that a citizen must have “A good reason for wanting
a firearm. Hunting and target shooting qualify as do certain other
activities like humane dispatch of large animals. Personal protection
does not qualify as a good reason.”
Always good to know exactly where on the food chain you actually are. Somehow I find "Below the chickens" to be less than satisfactory. I seem to remember that in some New England states personal protection is also NOT a valid reason for wanting a firearm.