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Reunited at last

Thursday, 10 August 2017

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EVER since he could remember, all David Martin wanted to do was to shake the hand of a member of his birth family.
And last week, with the help of the Antrim Guardian, his wish finally came true when he 'came home' to the town and met the relatives he had been searching for his whole adult life.
Back in May, David (65) had sent an email to this newspaper, telling how he had been put up for adoption by his mother in London.
He was born on December 3 1951 in London as 'David Thomas Allen' and was placed with the Catholic Children's Society in March 1952.
All David knew was that his mother's maiden name was Allen and that she came from the Menin Road area of Antrim, and remarried in England after his birth.
The Antrim Guardian placed David's appeal on the front page and also put him in contact with local historian and sacristan at St Comgall's Church, Brendan Smyth, who started making enquiries on the ground in Antrim.
Within 48 hours of the newpaper hitting the stands on June 13, David was in contact with one of his cousins, Gerry Allen.
And last Thursday, amid emotional scenes, David walked into St Comgall's parish centre to a huge round of applause and shook Gerry's hand, 'completing the circle'.
* Read the full emotional story in this week's Antrim Guardian.

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