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Woman issues plea for help in finding her long lost brother

Kathleen Kilgannon pictured along with her mother Nora Gallagher and brother John after they were reunited in 2012.

Kathleen Kilgannon pictured along with her mother Nora Gallagher and brother John after they were reunited in 2012.

A woman born in a mother and baby home is calling on Derry and Donegal people to help her trace her long lost brother.

Kathleen Kilgannon was born in St Joseph’s mother and baby home in Stranorlar in 1956 to Nora Gallagher and was fostered out.

She eventually settled in Ballyshannon and was reunited with her mother in 1978.

Nora Gallagher had given birth to a son in the same home in 1953 and after many years of searching Kathleen was reunited with her brother in 2012. He had been adopted and lived in Moville.

They now know they have another brother and hope that they will be able to trace him, to complete their family.

Kathleen told the ‘Journal’: “Many years ago I was told a man from Derry came to Falcarragh, Co. Donegal looking for his mother, my mother. I believe he may have been a school teacher, but that is all the information I have”.

“I have checked the records between 1953 and 1965, but cannot find any trace of him.

“We think he may have been born before 1953 and for all we know he could have been adopted and his name changed.”

However, Kathleen hopes that her brother is out there and will recognise who he is.

“He knew my mother’s name and was able to find out where she came from. It would be a great thing for myself and John to meet him but I know my mother would also like to meet him”.

Nora has been living in Co. Leitrim with Kathleen for a number of years, but still feels ashamed and finds it difficult to open up about her family.

If you believe you have any information or believe you may be Nora Gallagher’s son please email: theresa.casey@derryjournal.com or suzannekilgannon@gmail.com.

 

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