By Deaglán de Bréadún On a happy note, there has been a general welcome in the Republic and among nationalists in the North for the success of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the election to the White House. The incoming President’s obvious pride in his ancestral links with Ireland have made a strong impression. HeRead more..
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President-elect Joe Biden’s rich Irish ancestry helped lead him to the White House. By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher As is true in the case of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and now Joe Biden, the Irish Famine had the untold impact of creating a US president by sending their forefathers to America. Biden’sRead more..
Beginning in the 1930s, the Irish became more visible in the ranks of Republicans, disrupting decades-old loyalties writes Robert Schmuhl From the time of the Great Hunger through the early decades of the 20th century, the American Irish tended to be nearly as faithful to the Democratic Party as to the Catholic Church. Big-city politicalRead more..
A 1987 interview with the then U.S. Senator from Delaware, now presidential hopeful Joe Biden gave his first ever interview to an Irish publication in April, 1987 when he talked to Niall O’Dowd and revealed, for the first time in print, his passion for his Irish heritage, the story of his extraordinary Irish Catholic family,Read more..
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited County Mayo in September to preside over the official sod-turning ceremony of a new €10 million 14-bed Mayo/Roscommon Hospice unit in Knockaphunta, Castlebar, where one of his Irish cousins, Laura Blewitt, is employed. Biden first pledged to support the project when he met his cousin in Washington, D.C. inRead more..
In January, Barack Obama surprised former Vice President Joe Biden with the highest honor that can be bestowed on an American citizen by the government – the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. It was the only one he gave out during his presidency. Biden admitted he was taken by surprise and had no ideaRead more..
Vice President Joe Biden was surprised with a tribute of the highest honor when awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by his president and close friend Barack Obama on Thursday. Obama presented the medal – the highest form of civilian honor existing in the United States – “with distinction,” an additional level of esteem, forRead more..
Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Ireland in June for a six-day trip through counties Dublin, Meath, Louth, and Mayo. Arriving with his brother, sister, daughter, and five grandchildren, Biden was formally welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Government Buildings in Dublin. Though Biden had visited Ireland privately in the past, Kenny told RTÉRead more..
Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed that Vice President Joe Biden will make his first official visit to Ireland in late June. The announcement was made at the opening night of Ireland 100, a three-week cultural and arts festival at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in May. Though Biden has made several refueling stopsRead more..
Gen. Martin Dempsey’s Notre Dame commencement speech is a powerful tribute to the importance of faith, country, and education. ℘℘℘ This past weekend, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee, gave the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st commencementRead more..