Posted by Kristie Wells on June 21, 2016 in Entertainment, Ireland

Today, the Vice President touches down in Ireland, the land of his ancestors, for his first official visit to the country as Vice President.

Upon his arrival he, his family, and staff are greeted by Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, on the tarmac at Dublin International before they load into the motorcade.

Vice President Joe Biden arrives at Dublin International Airport and is greeted by Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden arrives at Dublin International Airport and is greeted by Charles Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

From there, they head to the Government Building in Dublin for a bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, before retiring for the evening.

Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by Taoiseach Kenny outside the government building before their bilateral meeting, in Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by Taoiseach Kenny outside the government building, in Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden is given a cricket bat by Taoiseach Enda Kenny before their bilateral meeting at the government building in Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden is given a hurling stick by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the government building in Dublin, Ireland, June 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

And in Joe’s own words: ‘…for the first time actually going to the seat of where we hail from – the Finnegan’s and the Biden’s.”

(Official White House Video. Rachel Kopilow, Senior Video Producer)

Tomorrow the Vice President will be presented with his family genealogy and then he and Taoiseach Kenny will be making stops in several towns in County Mayo, visiting points of significance.

County Mayo is where Biden’s Blewitt family line comes from. Check back tomorrow as we have an interesting story about a Blewitt that we cannot wait to share with you!

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5 Comments

  1. Winifred McNamara

    This is exciting! I am a bit envious. My ancestors were from Keel on Achill Island. Cousins still live there today (Martin McNamara, Sr.) Maybe the Vice-President will visit Keel. It would be cool to see the photographs. I wish you and enjoyable walk on beach in the back of beyond!

  2. Sally Narr

    Dear Vice President Biden, I know you are searching for your Irish roots. I think you are a cousin as my my third great grandmother was Nancy Robinette. I know that Robinette is your middle name. We are the Ribinette’s who came as pioneers to settle Oregon when it was the Northwest Territory. We settled in south eastern Oregon. I still possess part of the original homestead property handed down to me from my grandfather, Clarence Gaylord. Do you know the heritage of the Robinettes?! Good luck in Ireland!! I, too, have roots in Ireland through my grandmother’s side which is unrelated to your family. Blessings and safe travels!

  3. Betty Fagan Peavey

    I am mostly Irish and my heart is totally Irish. I would love to visit Ireland, maybe someday. Kiss the Blarney Stone for me and tell Ireland I love them.

  4. The Official White House Video is quite interesting. I am much impressed by the video. Vice President touches down in Ireland, the land of his ancestors, for his first official visit to the country as Vice President. It is really exciting and a proud moment.

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