Posted by Kristie Wells on June 25, 2016 in Entertainment, Ireland

The Vice President’s second-to-last day in Ireland was full of long drives through Ireland’s beautiful rolling green countryside of County Meath and County Louth.

He and his family began the day with a tour of Newgrange, a prehistoric world heritage site built between 3000 and 2500 B.C., which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Newgrange is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside and is ringed by ‘kerbstones’ engraved with artwork. Many archaeologists believed the monument had religious significance, either as a place of worship or for an astronomically-based faith.

Vice President Joe Biden visits Newgrange, a pre historic, world heritage site, built between 3000 and 2500 BC, with members of his family, in Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden visits Newgrange with members of his family, in Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

From there, the Bidens continued on to County Louth — original home to the Finnegan side of his family’s ancestry. Here they toured the Kilwirra Church and Cemetery, the church where his great-great grandfather Owen Finnegan and his family were baptized and where a Finnegan is said to be buried.

A sign along the side of the road welcomes Vice President Joe Biden and his family to County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
A sign along the side of the road welcomes Vice President Joe Biden and his family to County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
People waving american flags outside a pub along the motorcade route in County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
People waving american flags outside a pub along the motorcade route in County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

The group had lunch at Fitzpatricks in Co. Louth. While there, he met young Aoibhinn Brennan, where he gives her some good advice when he says “No serious dates until your 30.”

Vice President Joe Biden greets restaurant staff outside Fitzpatrick's Restaurant and Pub after a family lunch, in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden greets restaurant staff outside Fitzpatrick’s Restaurant and Pub after a family lunch, in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Biden then headed to the Carlingford Heritage Center where he shared how incredible this trip has been for him and his family. They have been able to take all the family history stories that have been passed down for three generations and prove they were all true.

A member from the U.S. Embassy recorded the speech and you can watch it here.

Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Carlingford Heritage Center, in Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Carlingford Heritage Center, in Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

They made a few more local stops in County Louth, including Lily Finnegan’s Pub in Carlingford, which was formerly owned by distant relatives of the Vice President.

Vice President Joe Biden waves to people lined up to see him outside Lily Finnegan's Pub which was formerly owned by distant relatives of the Vice president, in County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden waves to people lined up to see him outside Lily Finnegan’s Pub, in County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden holds a baby while waving to a family outside Lily Finnegan's Pub which was formerly owned by distant relatives of the Vice president, in County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
Vice President Joe Biden holds a baby while waving to a family outside Lily Finnegan’s Pub, in County Louth, Ireland, June 25, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

“It is with great pride in my heritage, but even greater pride in my country, that I made this trip.”

The Vice President and family returned to Dublin, where they remained overnight.

 

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Kristie Wells

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

3 Comments

  1. john martin

    re: Vice President Biden’s visit to Co. Louth – my wife attended the speech in Carlingford Heritage centre in her capacity as Chief Executive of Louth County Council
    I am a premium subscriber to Ancestry.co.uk and am following up some members of my own family who went to America – including the family of one who was a boilermaker working for Missouri Pacific Railroad in De Soto, MI – and another member who settled in north Michigan and after marriage there adopted their fsmily

    • Kristie Wells

      Hi John, thanks for letting us know your wife was at Carlingford Heritage Centre yesterday, we pulled in some of the Louth County Council’s social posts into our summary, which you can find here – ancstry.me/28WMc4h (just scroll down to day five activities).

      Good luck with your Michigan research and let us know if we can answer any questions for you on that. Cheers.

  2. john martin

    further to earlier post – Carlingford and Kilwirra church and graveyard were used as locatons in a 1948 film ‘Saints and Sinners’ – if you don’t mind the Oirish twee

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