JOE BIDEN plans to visit Ireland once he takes the office of US President, his Irish cousins have reported.
The proud Irish-American, whose roots are in Mayo and Louth, has spoken of his love for his ancestral home on multiple occasions throughout his career, and especially in the lead-up to the elections.
An 'Irish for Biden' campaign set up in Carlingford, County Louth, was launched in recent weeks which asked Irish people to encourage their friends and family in the US to vote for the Democratic candidate, and there were joyful scenes as Mr Biden was declared President-elect on Saturday.
Louth Fine Gael Senator John McGahon, speaking at the impromptu parade, told BreakingNews.ie that locals were "absolutely delighted" one of their own was to become President of the United States.
"It's really incredible that the president-elect of the United States' great-great grandfather left Carlingford Harbour in 1849 and all of these years later an ancestor of his is elected to the most powerful position in the world," he said.
He added: "For the first time since John F Kennedy, we have a real Irish American in the White House. I know you can trace some Irish ancestry back to most presidents but JFK was an iconic Irish American president and now we have another iconic Irish American president in the form of Joe Biden.”
Now it seems the 46th President of the United States will be making a visit to his ancestor's hometown in the near future, as his distant cousin Eamon Thornton told The Irish Mirror he had been speaking to him on the phone.
"I told him that we are going to hold you to your word that if you ever became President, two years into your office you would come back and visit us," Mr Thornton said.
President-elect Biden allegedly replied, "If it is at all possible I'll be doing that, I guarantee you that", according to Mr Thornton.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to large-scale State visitations and mass gatherings of any kind-.
But with the news today that a Coronavirus vaccine has been found to be 90% effective, the 46th President could be making that trip home sooner than expected.