Joe Biden

  • Former US Vice President, with Mayo connections, Joe Biden has officially announced he will be seeking the Democrats nomination to run for US President in 2020

    He has formally thrown his hat in the ring today after months of speculation that he would enter the race.

    The 76 year old is one of twenty Democrats vying for the nomination to take on DONALD Trump.

    Mr Biden visited county Mayo in 2016, when he was the US Vice president.

     He has family connections in north Mayo and received a very warm welcome in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport – where large crowds turned out to greet him.

  • A Ballina-based plumber is pictured on the front page of the Irish Examiner newspaper this morning, due to his family connections with US Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

    Joe Blewitt, a heating & plumbing contractor, is a cousin of Joe Biden's and his work van is now proudly endorsing his relative in the upcoming November US Presidential election.

    Pictures of Joe's van have spread across local media, since he got the sign-writing done at the weekend.

    The van signage reads - "Joe Biden for the White House and Joe Blewitt for your house".

    Mr Blewitt has met Mr Biden - both when the former Vice-President visited Ballina in June 2016, and when members of the Blewitt family visited him in the White House before he finished up as Vice-President.

     

    Joe Blewitt has described Mr Biden as " a lovely fella, a down-to-earth family man"  and an experienced politician "who knows what he's doing".

     

  • A giant mural depicting the US Presidential candidate Joe Biden has been unveiled in Ballina.

    The painting, measuring 5m x 3.5m, was completed by local artists Smiler Mitchell and Leslie Lackey in recent days.

    Mr Biden has links to Co Mayo and has visited the area on a number of occasions in recent years.

    He travelled to Mayo in 2016, in his capacity as US Vice President. In 2017, he returned to turn the sod on a new hospice building outside Castlebar.

    The mural was unveiled yesterday evening on Market Square.

    Mr. Biden's great, great, great grandfather, Edward Blewitt, emigrated to the US from Ballina over 160 years ago.