Posted by Kristie Wells on June 23, 2016 in Entertainment, Ireland

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.

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with crew members outside a C-17 serving as Air Force Two, at Dublin International Airport, in Dublin Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with crew members outside a C-17 serving as Air Force Two, at Dublin International Airport, in Dublin Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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.

Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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.

You can read more about the Easter Rising on Ancestry. The BBC and The Telegraph both have good write ups on the events as well.

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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Kristie Wells

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

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