Joe Biden to trace his ancestry and tee off with Enda Kenny in visit to Mayo

US vice-president was greeted at Government Buildings last night after landing in Dublin

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Joe Biden is welcomed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Government Buildings in Dublin | Image:

US Vice-President Joe Biden is to arrive in Mayo today for a two-day visit to his ancestral home.

The American-born Democrat was welcomed at Government Buildings by Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night after flying into Dublin.

Mr Biden will be hosted by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this morning before heading west.

In the afternoon, he and Mr Kenny will make stops in several Mayo towns to visit what the vice-president’s office has described as “points of significance” to both.

The pair will play a round of golf tomorrow morning before Mr Biden returns to the capital, where he is due to deliver addresses at Trinity College and Dublin Castle on Friday.

The vice-president will tour Newgrange the following day and visit Louth, from where his great-great grandfather is believed to have emigrated in the mid-19th century. He is scheduled to fly back to Washington on Sunday.

A statement from the White House said his six-day trip will focus on the "shared heritage" of the US and Ireland, as well as "the values of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness". 

Mr Biden has long spoken about his desire to come here. He told reporters last night that he had promised his late son, who passed away from cancer last year, that the family would visit Ireland. 

"Unfortunately, Beau didn't make it," he said.