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Saturday 10 December 2016

Niamh meets her match in online 'twin stranger' search

Niamh Geaney and Karen Branigan who are twin strangers
Niamh Geaney and Karen Branigan who are twin strangers
Niamh Geaney and Karen Branigan who are twin strangers

A DUBLIN woman's worldwide search for her Doppleganger has finished up just an hour north of Dublin.

Niamh Geaney, a DCU student, launched a global search for her 'stranger twin' alongside her college pals Terence Manzanga and Harry English.

The trio set themselves a task to track down someone who looks almost identical to them in just a month.

They put the call out on social media to encourage people who looked like them to get in touch from around the world.

In just a fortnight, Niamh (26) managed to find someone with an uncanny resemblance to her- who lives just an hour outside of Dublin.

Karen Branigan (29) could easily be mistaken for the college student.

The two women met up and took part in a photoshoot where they matched their hairstyles and make-up to heighten their similarities. "Karen looks closer than some of my sisters do to me," Niamh told Herald.

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Coming face to face with her 'twin stranger' was a strange experience, she admitted.

"I thought I would be fine until I knew I was about ten minutes away from meeting her," she said.

"Then I started to get ridiculously nervous, wondering how I would react to meeting someone that looks like me - I would be looking at my own face."

"For the entire duration of our encounter I pretty much stared at her.

"I couldn't get over her face and some of the expressions she would pull. I can't remember the number of times I said 'this is so freaky'. It was truly amazing," she continued.

Both women got along during their meet up.

"Karen is such a lovely, sweet-hearted girl. Well we're definitely both up for the craic," Niamh said.

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"We got on very, very well and I'm so happy to have met one of my doppelgangers, but there's six more of them out there," she pointed out.

Niamh and her friends have two more weeks before their social experiment finishes.

The students are working off the idea that every person has seven others in the world who look just like them.

Her teammates have yet to find anyone who fits the bill but their progress can be tracked on www.twinstrangers.com

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