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..
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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..
Rounding out his first week of hosting the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, viewers were treated to the most earnest Stephen Colbert he has allowed himself to be Thursday night when he interviewed Vice President Joe Biden. It was a vulnerable conversation shared between two men who both have experienced deep loss and found solaceRead more..
“A mighty heart” were the words that echoed through the St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington Delaware as President Obama eulogized the passing of Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, Iraq war veteran, and former Attorney General of Delaware who died of complications from brain cancer at 46. Obama, who foughtRead more..
Following his induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame (see more coverage here), it’s only fitting that Vice President Joe Biden should pay a visit to the home of his Finnegan and Blewitt ancestors. The vice president confirmed that he would be visiting Ireland some time this year at an Irish brunch he heldRead more..
The 2013 class of Hall of Fame honorees were inducted at a luncheon and ceremony on March 21, at the Marriott Essex House in Manhattan. Before a gathering of close to 300, a bagpiper led in the 2013 inductees: Vice President Joe Biden, art collector and benefactor Brian Burns, businessman and philanthropist Bob Devlin, hotelierRead more..