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Joe Biden's Irish Roots Explained In One Handy Graphic

Joe Biden's Irish Roots Explained In One Handy Graphic
By Kevin Dowling Updated
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Everyone knows Joe Biden has some Irish blood in him, but many wonder how far back it goes.

Joe Biden is currently on a presidential visit to Ireland and will be in Ballina on Friday. For anyone curious about Joe Biden's Irish roots, this graphic explains his family history clearly.

Joe Biden's Irish roots

Everything originates from his great-great-great grandfather on his mother's side, Edward Blewitt from Mayo. Edward was born in 1803 in Ballina, County Mayo. In 1851, he travelled with his eight children and his wife to Scranton, Pennsylvania in the USA. Scranton is the sister city of Ballina which explains why Biden's ancestors went there.

Patrick Blewitt, one of Edward's child was on that journey across the Atlantic Ocean on the SS Excelsior. Patrick is the great-great grandfather of Joe Biden. He had four children with his wife Catherine Scanlon including one they named... Edward.


Biden's great grandfather Edward was born in America. He had with his wife a girl named Geraldine Blewitt. she ended up marrying Ambrose Finnegan. Ambrose was born and raised in the USA, however his parents migrated from Whitestown, Louth. Therefore Joe Biden's Louth heritage comes from his grandfather Ambrose.

Joe Biden Irish roots have always had a special place in his heart. He loves to tell stories about his family and ancestors. He once told a funny story about his grandparents and joked about his granny Geraldine:

Later when he was much older and I'd walk out of his home, he'd [Ambrose] say, 'Joey, remember: The best drop of blood in you is Irish.' I remembered it, I promise you. [If] I didn't, my grandmother, Geraldine Blewitt Finnegan, would take me down.

Geraldine and Ambrose Finnegan's daughter is Joe's mother, Catherine Finnegan.

Joe Biden was born in Scranton. His ancestors migrated once from Ireland and they never left Ballina's sister city.

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