Vice-president elect is invited 'home' to Sligo
Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30
Vice-President elect Mike Pence will be officially invited to the Co Sligo town his grandfather hails from.
The Chamber of Commerce in Tubbercurry believes Donald Trump's running mate could himself end up in the top job in as little as four years' time.
"Local people are delighted," said chamber spokesman Roger McCarrick. "We will be writing to him officially to invite him to the home of his ancestors. Regardless of policies, he is still an ex-Tubbercurry man as far as we are concerned.
"There has been a sense of pride that a descendant of here could aspire to such high office. He has been governor of Indiana since 2013 and it's possible he could run for president in four or eight years' time and he could be on the biggest political stage of all for the next 16 years."
Mr Pence's grandfather was Richard Michael Cawley, who emigrated in 1923 to Chicago, where he became a bus driver.
He is said to have hailed from the Doocastle area outside Tubbercurry.
History Mr Pence has spoken in the past on how his views on immigration were shaped by his grandfather's entry from Ireland through Ellis Island in 1923.
Further details of Mr Cawley's Sligo roots have emerged thanks to research by New York native Robert Theiss, a postgraduate in history.
Mr Pence and his family visited Ireland three years ago.