Originally published: June 21st 2016
Republished: November 6th 2020
The US Vice President Joe Biden will trace his ancestral roots in Co. Mayo and Co. Louth while also making a visit to the World Heritage Site of Bru na Boinne to visit the Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath on Saturday.
The Boyne Valley, only 20 minutes from the capital city of Dublin, is waiting with excitement to welcome the US Vice President to visit some of its most outstanding heritage sites including the 5000 year old passage tomb, older than the pyramids of Egypt. Following his visit to Newgrange, Mr. Biden will continue on to County Louth to tour Kilwirra church and cemetery near the beautiful coastal village of Carlingford. According to the Irish Times, Mr. Biden has ancestral roots in Co. Mayo and Co Louth from where his antecedents, his great-great-great grandfather Edward Blewitt and great-great grandfather Owen Finnegan, emigrated respectively during the Great Famine.
He told The Irish Times in the days before his departure that his visit “means a great deal” given how the values of his Irish ancestors had “shaped my soul”.