Tribute to an Irish Mother

Last night at the American Ireland Fund’s National Gala, and today in the Scranton Times-Tribune, Senator Biden had the opportunity to pay tribute to his mother.

My mother Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden is the soul, spirit, and essence of what it means to be an Irish American. She honors tradition and understands the thickest of all substances is blood.

She has taught her children, and all children who flocked to her hearth in my neighborhood, that you are defined by your sense of honor and you are redeemed by your loyalty.

She is the quintessential combination of pragmatism and optimism.

She also understands as my friend Pat Moynihan once said, there is no “point in being Irish if you don’t know that the world is going to break your heart eventually.”

You can read the full text here.

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