“Two years ago my mam passed away suddenly, just a couple of days after her 45th birthday. The last thing she said was ‘night Aoife, love you’, and by the time I got downstairs to say goodnight she was struggling to breathe. I remember just feeling numb and afraid… I’ve always used my work as a coping mechanism, and I don’t think its fully hit me yet, as all my energy has gone into my work. Being an illustrator has become a full-time job now. I finished college in June just gone and had a lot more free time on my hands to think about everything, which was tough because I always pushed my feelings to the side. After having time to think I made the decision to set out for my biological father one last time. I had been looking for 17 years with only his name to go on, so I decided to contact an agency to find him, and they did! I travelled to the UK with family and I got to meet him for the first time in my life. As soon as I saw him I knew it was him. We had the exact same eyes and smile, and were both lost for words so just hugged for ages. We got on great and spent the day together sharing stories and catching up. Leaving was really tough though, he had explained to me he has a problem with drink. Hopefully, us getting in touch will give him the strength he needs to get help. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for the both of us.”12239986_397015860497115_6830814271529638689_n

Credits to Wissame Cherfi (the editor and director of WE ARE DUBLIN ) and toDublin2020 – European Capital of Culture Candidate City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTai_AE3L9Q&feature=youtu.be

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