Can you help Brian find his family?‘I have no idea who my father was.’

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Brian Power grew up in a family that would go on holidays without him. Because he was the “cuckoo in the nest”. Brian grew up not knowing who his biological father was and now, aged 72, he wants to answer that question. He spoke with Joe Duffy on Liveline to ask listeners for their help.

Born Brian O’Connell in Saint Patrick’s Mother and Baby home on the Navan Road in Dublin to an unwed mother, Brian stayed there until he was 9. Whenever his mother came to visit and he asked about his biological father, he received a slap to the face.

“I wasn’t to ask.”

At 9, Brian’s mother married an Irish man and they moved to Manchester together as a family. It was not idyllic, he told Joe. His step-father would tell his mother that he had “done her a favour” by marrying her, saving her reputation. His mother never spoke about who his biological father might be.

“I don’t care what people think. It’s my biological family...If I just a saw a picture of my biological father, I’d be very happy.

Brian reassured listeners that despite the challenges he has faced, such as the questions surrounding his family and his decision to come out as a gay man at the age of 33 while married with children, he is not unhappy with where life has brought him.

“I’m not in the least a lonely old man…I’m very happy in who I am.

Brian provided the following information in the hope that listeners may be able to assist him. His mother, Mary Margaret Power, was born in Youghal in 1923. She lived in Dublin in the 1940s. In 1950, she married Patrick O’Connell. Brian has had a DNA test carried out which suggests some relation to the Kenefick lineage.

Listen back to the full conversation on Liveline here.

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