Posted by Kristie Wells on June 22, 2016 in Entertainment, Ireland

Welcome to Day Two of the Vice President’s trip through Ireland.

The Vice President woke up in Dublin this morning, and began his day with a bilateral meeting with President Michael Higgins — during which they discussed topics ranging from women’s rights, reconciliation in Northern Ireland, and the vote in the United Kingdom on its membership in the European Union.

Vice President Joe Biden greets President Michael Higgins and Sabina Higgins upon arrival at the President's Residence in Dublin, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden greets President Michael Higgins and Sabina Higgins upon arrival at the President’s Residence in Dublin, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

From there, after bidding farewell to President Higgins and First Lady Sabina Higgins, it was on to Ballina, a small town in Ireland’s County Mayo — sister city to the Vice President’s original hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Vice President Joe Biden greets local students with Taoiseach Enda Kenny upon arrival at Ireland West Airport Knock in Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden greets local students with Taoiseach Enda Kenny upon arrival at Ireland West Airport Knock in Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden greets local students with Taoiseach Enda Kenny upon arrival at Ireland West Airport Knock in Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden greets local students with Taoiseach Enda Kenny upon arrival at Ireland West Airport Knock in Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

There, along with his children and grandchildren, the Vice President had his family history presented to him by genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons.

Vice President Joe Biden and his family receive a briefing on their Irish heritage from Fiona Fitzsimmons of the Irish Family History Centre, at the U.S. Ambassadors Residence in Dublin, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden and his family with genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons, at the U.S. Ambassadors Residence in Dublin, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Then they walked down Ballina’s Garden Street — the birthplace of his great-great grandfather Patrick Blewitt — and even meeting with some of his own Irish relatives for the first time.

Vice President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny shake hands with people in Ballina, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny shake hands with people in Ballina, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden applauds for Irish dancers and the band the Chieftains, at Matt Malloy's pub in Westport, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden applauds for Irish dancers and the band the Chieftains, at Matt Malloy’s pub in Westport, Ireland, June 22, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Here are some of the sights and sounds Biden enjoyed inside the pub with the Chieftains.

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

He finished the day discussing the Irish welcome he received and what it meant to be on this trip with his family.

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

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Kristie Wells

Kristie is Ancestry's former Head of Global Social Media and Online Customer Engagement.

2 Comments

  1. Mary Cain Baltus

    My cousin in Ireland passed along that we might be related to our great Vice President. So I did some searching through all his information and finally came upon Mary Mulderig or Reddington in his lineage. So my great grandmother was Anne Reddington of Lisaniska, Mount Falcon, Ballina, Mayo. She married a Patrick Cunnie (Quinn) of Culdalee, Sligo in 1893. Anne was the last of her siblings to marry so she took over the farm. The Reddingtons are a large family that were living in North Mayo. So we are much newer to America than Joe as my grandfather and his brothers came over in 1913 – 15 and a sister came over in 1924. The next generation came as well with my grandfather’s nephews coming over in the 1960’s.
    My family tree is open and anyone can see it. I have many photos to of my ancestors displayed in my tree.

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