‘Journal’ readers help reunite long lost family

The late Elizabeth 'Lily' Hegarty.
The late Elizabeth 'Lily' Hegarty.

Users of the Derry Journal’s Facebook page have helped reunite a local family - more than 50 years after they were separated.

On Monday of this week the Journal was asked for its help in locating the family of Elizabeth ‘Lily’ Hegarty on behalf of a close family member who had been separated from Lily in 1961.

Within an hour of posting an appeal on our Facebook page we had received a phone call from one of Lily’s nephews and we were able to reunite the family on the phone within a few hours.

Close to 30,000 people viewed the appeal on our Facebook page yesterday morning and it was shared 458 times.

Members of Lily’s family revealed they too had been searching for their long lost relative for almost 25 years.

The Journal hopes to share this remarkable story in full in due course.