Vice President Joe Biden’s historic visit to Ireland last week is remembered in a video narrated by the VP himself who has Mayo and Louth roots.
The first part of the video shows Biden and family at the 5,000-year-old Newgrange historic site and the extraordinary passageway where the winter solstice light shines through from one end of the passageway to the other.
Biden is next pictured in the Cooley, County Louth, graveyard where his great-great-grandfather is buried. The graveyard has been there since the 11th century.
He then visits Finnegan’s Pub in the village where his Finnegan relatives are related to the current owners.
Biden says at the end how proud he is of his Irish heritage and how the Irish gave so much to America.
Biden was in Ireland for six days and also was a special guest at the Ireland Fund dinner, in Trinity College Dublin.
In his poetry, my great-grandfather Edward Francis Blewitt spoke of both continents -- how his heart and soul drew from the old and the new. You can hear in his poems how quietly proud he was. Proud of his ancestors. Proud of his blood. Proud of his city. Most of all, he was proud of his family. The Irish families who left for America during the famine and since then brought their traditions, their values, and their heart with them. They have made our country better. As have so many immigrant families from around the world. They are America. And so, with the words of my great-grandfather in mind, I reflect on this trip with an immense pride in my heritage -- but with an even greater pride in the country I call home. Here's a parting look at our trip to Ireland.Posted by Vice President Biden 44 on Tuesday, June 28, 2016