Updated: 20/01/17 : 05:03:14
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Sligo emigrant's grandson steps into White House

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

SLIGO WILL have its own man in the White House before teatime today, Friday.

Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice President in a ceremony which will commence just before that of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States. 

Just as January 20th is the modern traditional date of inauguration, so too is noon time in Washington the time to start swearing in Presidents.

Protocol Dictates

But protocol usually dictates that the Vice President is sworn in first, namely Mike Pence.

Pence has repeatedly referred to his Sligo roots and how his grandfather emigrated from the Tubbercurry area in 1923.

It seems more likely than not that Vice President Pence will visit his ancestral homestead during his term of office.

Pence and Trump won a sensational vote against the odds in last November's election.

Sligo will have another link to today's swearing-in ceremonies in Washington.

'Lord of the Dance' Michael Flatley, whose father hailed from Culfadda, accepted an invitation to attend the Presidential inauguration ceremony. See link below

Meanwhile, the ceremonies began with some style last night, Irish time.

An impressive fireworks display took place near the Lincoln Memorial.

This followed a concert at which the President-elect also spoke.

Wreath Laying

Earlier proceedings saw the dignified laying of a wreath by Trump at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia.

Many Irish served with the American Expeditionary Force which arrived in France exactly one hundred years ago, in 1917.

The Tomb of the Unknowns commemorates American service men from all wars.

Link: See  Sligo Today 9/11/2016.
          See Sligo Today 20/1/2017