US vice president to visit Mayo in June

US vice-president Joe Biden is to visit Mayo next month during a trip to Ireland.

His great-great-grandparents, Patrick Blewitt and Catherine Scanlon, emigrated to Pennsylvania from Rappagh, Ballina, during the 1850s.

Mr. Biden has always been proud of his Irish roots in Mayo and Louth.

He was inducted in the Irish America Hall of Fame by Irish America magazine in 2014.

Mr. Biden has read Irish history extensively and to this day his hero is Wolfe Tone leader of the 1798 Rebellion.