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Irish Locals Show Their Colours In Biden’s Ancestral Home

Thousands of miles east of the White House in Ireland, a pop-art portrait of US presidential candidate Joe Biden towers over his ancestral hometown of Ballina, County Mayo.

In the town on Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast, the Democrat’s distant relatives are thrilled to have one of their own bidding for America’s highest office.

“Obviously we’re 100 percent behind Joe Biden,” Laurita Blewitt, the former vice-president’s third cousin, told AFP.

“We’ve got that family connection and we’ve got that friendship and relationship with him,” the 37-year-old said.

Biden's distant cousin Joe Blewitt has been harrassed by someone with a US accent after drawing attention to the relationship on his work van Biden’s distant cousin Joe Blewitt has been harrassed by someone with a US accent after drawing attention to the relationship on his work van Photo: AFP / PAUL FAITH

Biden’s family roots run deep in Ireland, with a heritage described as “roughly five-eighths Irish” by genealogist Megan Smolenyak.

She has traced his lineage to east-coast County Louth and Ballina — a town of 10,000

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