Joe Biden

The successful Democratic candidate Joe Biden has spoken very fondly on numerous occasions about his Irish heritage, while even referencing poet Séamus Heaney in his speeches.

The successful Democratic candidate can trace his Irish roots back to both the Blewitt’s from Co Mayo and the Finnegan’s from Co Louth.

His great-great-grandfather Patrick Blewitt in Ballina, Mayo, in 1832 and left to settle in America in 1850. He did return to Ireland the following year though, to bring his parents Edward and Mary and his siblings to America.

Biden’s other great-great-grandfather was Owen Finnegan, from the Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth. He married Jean Boyle in 1839. The first four children were born there, including James Finnegan in 1840, Biden’s great grandfather.

Four years ago, Mr. Biden congratulated “cousin” Rob Kearney and the Irish team “on behalf of the Bidens” for beating New Zealand for the first time – which happened to be on US soil. Kearney tweeted back this weekend: “Congrats to you Mr. President”.

We would like to wish Biden the very best in his term as president. We hope like Biden, you too can find your Irish roots.