If you have received your visa from Ireland, you can travel to Ireland, where you must apply for permission to stay at Border Control. Americans can visit Ireland for up to 90 days without needing to apply for a visa or prior authorization. However, if you want to emigrate to Ireland, you'll need to apply for prior authorization before traveling to the country. Foreign citizens who want to enter Ireland, whether on a short, long term or permanent basis, must apply to the Irish government for permission to do so.
You may need to fill out forms such as an Irish residence permit, a visa application, or a general work permit, depending on the reason you are going to Ireland. You can become a citizen of Ireland through marriage, naturalization or family. Ireland Irish naturalization is a complicated process and requires you to have resided in Ireland for at least five years. In most cases, the five years don't include time spent studying or working.
If your parents or grandparents were born in Ireland, you are exempt from applying for a visa. However, you can apply for Irish citizenship directly. Please note that people interested in obtaining permanent residence in Ireland must live and work in the country for a minimum of five years. Once this happens, even citizens from outside the EU will be allowed to stay in Ireland regardless of whether or not they have a job in the country.
A visa allows you to enter a country, while a work permit allows you to work during your stay. The visa and work permit application processes are independent and are granted by two different government departments.