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'I just want to meet you' - Aussie Ella searches for Irish dad 'Andy' who never knew she was born

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Ella Lanigan said she hopes to meet her Dad, Andy, who she believes is from Co Meath and met her mother Melissa in a bar in Sydney in 2001

Ella Lanigan said she hopes to meet her Dad, Andy, who she believes is from Co Meath and met her mother Melissa in a bar in Sydney in 2001

Ella Lanigan said she hopes to meet her Dad, Andy, who she believes is from Co Meath and met her mother Melissa in a bar in Sydney in 2001

An Australian woman who is searching for her Irish father, who does not know about her, has been given hope by the response to her plea.

Ella Lanigan (18) knows his name is Andy, he had red hair and freckles and was from county Meath.

She says she shares his features.

Ella said her father was on holidays in Australia when he met her mother Melissa in the famous Irish pub Scruffy Murphy's in Sydney in 2001.

"He was staying with a friend in Mosman, a local suburb. My mother and him both went to an Irish pub called Scruffy Murphy's on the 11th March 2001. I was the product of that night," Ella said.

"Unfortunately, my father returned to Meath prior to my mum finding out she was pregnant and only knew his first name, Andy.

"He would be approximately 56 now.

"He had an average height, solid build and a fair complexion and receding ginger hair and freckles."

Ella has posted her appeal on Facebook.

Ella and her mum visited Ireland two years ago and met third cousins but she has yet to track down her father.

"I have lived in Australia ever since and my mum has raised me to be the woman I am today," she said. "I want to force the fact that I am not after anything, I just want to meet my biological father who to this day, does not know I exist."

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Ella is pictured as a baby with her mum Melissa.

Ella is pictured as a baby with her mum Melissa.

Ella is pictured as a baby with her mum Melissa.

She attributes her hair to her dad and said her mum, Melissa, supports her decision. The family has other Irish links and Ella said her grandfather has a family history which they believe is from Kilkenny.

Closure

"If I were to track my father down, I would without a doubt make the trip to Ireland. It would provide me with the closure I'm seeking," she said.

Since she posted on a number of Facebook pages for county Meath she said: "the overwhelming amount of support I have received over in Ireland has given me hope that maybe there is that chance."

If her dad reads this she said her message to him is: "I'm not asking for anything. I don't expect anything. I just want to meet you."

Ella can be contacted at ella.lanigan11@gmail.com


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