Biden's ancestral home in Ireland celebrates his victory

Election 2020 Global
Posted at 11:02 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 11:01:59-05

BALLINA, Ireland (AP) — The Irish town Joe Biden's great-great-great-grandfather left almost 200 years ago is celebrating his presidential victory.

Ballina is a town of about 10,000 in County Mayo, about 145 miles (235 kilometers) northwest of Dublin.

For days it's been draped in the Stars and Stripes and Biden/Harris banners in anticipation, even though many businesses have had to close due to lockdown restrictions.

Joe Blewitt, a heating and plumbing engineer and a cousin of Biden’s, said the town is ecstatic at the prospect of a President Joe Biden.

Blewitt has been to the White House and hopes to make it to Biden's inauguration.