The Vice President woke in the land of his forefathers this morning — Ireland’s County Mayo.
After playing a round of golf with Taoiseach Kenny, he departed County Mayo to return to Dublin.
Next, accompanied by his family, he toured local Dublin sights that included Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where many of those who participated in the 1916 Easter Rising were held.
On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, a group of Irish nationalists proclaimed the establishment of the Irish Republic and, along with some 1,600 followers, staged a rebellion against the British government in Ireland. Within a week, the insurrection had been suppressed, 450 people killed and 2,000 wounded. The leaders of the rebellion soon were executed. In 1921, a treaty was signed that in 1922 established the Irish Free State, which eventually became the modern-day Republic of Ireland.
Want to know more? Ancestry’s Mike Mulligan shares a few stories on some of the people who lost their lives during the Easter Rising and Rhona Murray, one of our family historians, shares a personal story around her family’s involvement.
Biden will stay in Dublin tonight, ahead of a day of public remarks in the city.
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