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Biden may stop in County Louth on his way to Dublin via Belfast

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US President Joe Biden will begin a five-day tour of the island of Ireland on April 11 in Belfast.

It will reach Dublin the next day and depart on 15 April and may possibly stop in County Louth on his way to Dublin.

During his visit, Biden will meet with President Michael D. Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin.

The Taoiseach will host a reception for them at Farmley House in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Mr Biden is expected to visit both Louth and Mayo, where his ancestors are from.

His great-grandfather Owen Finnegan emigrated to the United States from the Cooley Peninsula, while another great-grandfather, Patrick Blewitt, was born in Ballina, having emigrated to America in 1850.

It is likely that the visit to Louth occurred during his journey from Belfast to Dublin, but this has not been confirmed, reports RTE.

If Mr Biden does make a public speech with large crowds, it is likely to be in the west of Ireland, government sources have indicated.

The US President is understood to be in Dublin from April 12-15 and travel to other parts of the country.

Those coordinating the trip believe it will not be eventful, and Biden is unlikely to attend more than three events in a day.

There is no joint meeting of the Oireachtas planned for the visit, which is billed as “official” rather than a more formal state visit.

The President’s visit to the island will be a special focus of the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Belfast in the week following Biden for more events commemorating the historic deal, reports RTE.

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