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US Vice President Joe Biden to visit Cooley Peninsula while in Ireland next month
US Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit Ireland next month, with a trip to the Cooley Peninsula on the agenda.
It was confirmed last night that Mr Biden would travel to Ireland in June for a final holiday before he leaves the White House.
Biden’s roots were traced to North Louth in recent years.
His great grandfather was James Finnegan from the Cooley Peninsula, who was born around 1845 and died in 1895 in Pennsylvania. His great grandmother Catherine Roche was also from Co Louth.
Biden revealed he would be travelling to the Emerald Isle at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC last night at the opening night of a three week festival celebrating Irish arts to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
Biden told the audience: “I am proud to be descended from Irish immigrants, from county Mayo and county Louth. Being Irish has shaped my entire life.”
Welcoming the news this morning, local TD Peter Fitzpatrick told Talk of the Town he was looking forward to welcoming the vice president to Carlingford next month, although the exact itinerary has yet to be revealed.
It is understood that Biden also plans visits to both Dublin and Mayo while here and will be joined by several family members.