Donald Trump’s running mate has Sligo roots

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By Alan Finn

ANCESTRY: Donald Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, has roots in Tubbercurry
ANCESTRY: Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has roots in Tubbercurry

SLIGO could have it’s very own man in the White House in the next year depending on the outcome of November’s presidential election in the United States.

Donald Trump, who secured the Republic candidacy on Tuesday night, announced last weekend that Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana, would be his running mate.
The 57-year-old is an Irish-American representative whose roots can be traced back to south Sligo.

It is understood that his grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley – after whom the vice president hopeful is named – emigrated to the United States from Tubbercurry in 1923 where he went on to work as a bus driver in Chicago.

In a 2006 interview with The New York Times, he stated that he and his grandfather were “especially close,” and that he sees his “thrift and hard work in today’s immigrant generation.”

For more on this story, be sure to pick up a copy of this week’s Sligo Weekender newspaper – in shops now!

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