A RANDALSTOWN publican has met up with his long-lost family after his son turned detective on a genealogy website.

Oliver Bonnes (71), who runs Laverty’s bar, was born in 1947 to an unwed teenager named Mary Josephine Brady from County Cavan and was adopted by a childless couple from Randalstown.

After a number of fruitless searches, Nicky, one of Oliver’s four sons, turned to the Ancestry.com website - and managed to find his dad’s three half-brothers, an aunt, uncles and 38 first cousins.

Oliver’s new family, now christened ‘The Brady Bunch’ gathered recently in Queens, New York, to meet their Irish relative for the first time.

*Read the full story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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