Joe Biden with his mother, Jean Finnegan Biden, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Photo: AP.

Joey From Scranton – Vice President Biden’s Irish Roots

It’s well known that Vice President Joe Biden spent his early years in the very Irish city of Scranton, Pennsylvania. But what about his ancestors? Genealogist Megan Smolenyak, who also traced President Obama’s Irish roots, has delved into the Vice President’s family tree and unearthed a few surprises. How can you not love a name like Finnegan Biden? I find it charming when family names are...

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The Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery.

The First Word: The Emigrants’ Flame

The First Word, by Patricia Harty. “Cuimhnígí ar na daoine ar tháinig sibh.” (Remember the people from whom you came.) – Irish America Hall of Fame motto It’s that time of year when everyone is a little bit Irish, and a good time to reflect on the very special relationship between Ireland and Irish America. I remember as a young immigrant how wonderful it was to discover that in...

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Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden: Statesman & Everyman

Vice President Joe Biden is suddenly the most popular politician in Washington. On the fiscal cliff he galloped to the rescue and cut the deal with Senator Mitch McConnell, and now on gun control he is defying the conventional wisdom again and getting real traction behind his recommendations. He has met with the NRA, Walmart, and every major gun constituency, forcing a dialogue where none existed...

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Brian Burns.

Brian P. Burns: Art Collector & Benefactor

Brian P. Burns, grandson of an Irish immigrant, is a nationally regarded business executive, attorney and philanthropist. He is the chairman of BF Enterprises, Inc., a publicly owned real estate holding and development company. The fifth of seven children born to John J. Burns and his wife Alice, Brian traces his roots to County Kerry and is a graduate of Harvard Law School, at age 23, and The...

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Bob Devlin.

Robert M. Devlin: Businessman & Philanthropist

For Bob Devlin, the combination of natural business acumen, strong family ties and Irish roots has proven unbeatable. Today, at 72, he is chairman of Curragh Capital Partners, a New York-based investment firm that – between its Irish-inspired name and the fact that he founded it with his eldest son, Michael – embodies his central values. Devlin was born in Brooklyn in 1941 to Norma Hall...

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