Dub finds Brazil­ian dad... via Face­book and Dav­ina McCall!

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Nick Bramhill news@dai­ly­mail.ie

Par­ents met in New York night­club

A DUBLIN man has said his life fi­nally feels ‘com­plete’ af­ter a TV doc­u­men­tary crew helped him find his Brazil­ian fa­ther.

Pearse Egan, 29, had all but given up hope of ever meet­ing his birth fa­ther, af­ter ini­tially launch­ing a Face­book ap­peal and then con­tact­ing the pro­duc­tion team be­hind TV se­ries, Long Lost Fam­ily – with­out suc­cess

The award-win­ning pro­gramme, which sees pre­sen­ters Dav­ina McCall and Nicky Camp­bell at­tempt­ing to re­unite fam­ily mem­bers with their miss­ing rel­a­tives even­tu­ally did re­spond but had very lit­tle back­ground in­for­ma­tion at their dis­posal af­ter agree­ing to help him.

Al­though de­tails re­lat­ing to Mr Egan’s fa­ther were patchy, it was known that he was a Brazil­ian na­tional who had been work­ing as a se­cu­rity guard in a New York club when he met a 17-year-old Ir­ish co-worker, called Ann.

Shortly af­ter be­com­ing preg­nant, Ann left New York and re­turned to Dublin, rais­ing her son in Dún Laoghaire as a lone mother. The first and only time the boy heard from his fa­ther was on his sixth birth­day when they had a brief phone con­ver­sa­tion on a pay-phone, af­ter he had sent his son a birth­day card.

But that was the last con­tact they ever had – and as he got older, the heart­bro­ken son’s re­peated at­tempts to track him down came to noth­ing.

And de­spite the close re­la­tion­ship he en­joyed with his mother and younger brother Dar­ryl, he found it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult not hav­ing his fa­ther in his life.

Mr Egan, who is a Lon­don­based ac­tor, ad­mits he had all but given up hope of ever find­ing his fa­ther, when he got a call back from the mak­ers of Long Lost Fam­ily.

And hap­pily, the doc­u­men­tary’s team found his fa­ther, 62-yearold Ed­die San­tos, in New York – lead­ing to an emo­tional meet­ing be­tween the pair in Lon­don.

Speak­ing ahead of the doc­u­men­tary, which will be screened at 9.30pm on UTV next Tues­day, July 17, Mr Egan re­called the mo­ments lead­ing up to meet­ing his fa­ther for the first time. ‘We met in a restau­rant in Lon­don, and as I came down the stairs to meet him, I saw this man stand up and say, “There’s my son.”

‘My heart felt like it had stopped, be­cause I had waited my whole life to hear him say that.’

As it turned out, Mr San­tos had never given up on meet­ing his son, and in one of the doc­u­men­tary’s more heart­felt mo­ments, he holds back the tears as he says, ‘There are no words to de­scribe this...I never lost hope.’

The pair have since built up a strong re­la­tion­ship, with Mr Egan even plan­ning a trip to Brazil with his fa­ther next year.

But the story doesn’t end there, as Mr Egan not only found his fa­ther, but also dis­cov­ered he has an­other brother – Mr San­tos’s son, Nick Kucharski, 31, who was born two years be­fore Mr Egan and who looks re­mark­ably like his half-sib­ling.

Mr Egan re­called: ‘I met Nick on a re­cent trip to the States. It was one of the cra­zi­est mo­ments of my life, be­cause we look the ex­act same. It was like look­ing at Amer­i­can, ginger ver­sion of me. I spent time with him in San Fran­cisco and we got on great. We are so sim­i­lar in so many ways.’

And sum­ming up his feel­ings on achiev­ing his life­long mis­sion to both find and start to build a re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther, he added: ‘I re­ally never thought any of this would ever hap­pen, and I was so close to giv­ing it all up as I had been try­ing for so long. It re­ally has been life-chang­ing.

‘Now I feel more com­plete, con­fi­dent and happy.. Even say­ing it sounds crazy. I now have a mum, a dad and two broth­ers.’

Re­united: Pearse Egan with birth fa­ther Ed­die San­tos

‘Ginger ver­sion of me’: Pearse Egan with half brother Nick

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