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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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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