US President Joe Biden paid homage to his Mayo roots at the start of Irish-American Heritage month.
In a statement, Mr Biden referenced his ancestral lines back to Ireland, the Blewitts from North Mayo and the Finnegans of County Louth.
He says that by 1909, his grandparents Ambrose Finnegan and Geraldine Blewitt met and married in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and passed on to his mother, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, a pride and a passion that runs through the bloodstream of all Irish-Americans.
The traditional St Patrick's Day meeting between the Taoiseach and the US president will take place virtually this year.
Officials in Dublin and Washington are finalising the programme of events.