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Brother and sister meet each other for 1st time in Calgary after 44 years

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WATCH ABOVE: Treacy-Kay Curran was adopted as a baby in Ireland and moved with her new family to Alberta when she was 10 years old. For 44 years, she had no idea she had a brother. That all changed when Sean Canny got in touch from Galway, Ireland. Blake Lough reports – Apr 30, 2018

It took over four decades, but Treacy-Kay Curran finally met with the brother she never knew she had at the Calgary International Airport on Friday night.

“Has anyone seen my big brother Sean… Welcome to Canada,” her handmade sign read.

Curran’s older brother, Sean Canny, had been travelling for nearly 24 hours from Galway, Ireland to Alberta when he emerged through the arrival doors.

“Now we’re family,” Canny said as he embraced his sister. “Little sister I’ve missed for 44 years.”

Forty-four years and nine months to be exact.

Curran was born in Ireland and was adopted when she was six weeks old. She lived with her adoptive family in Dublin until she was 10, then moved to central Alberta.

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She always knew she was adopted but never knew she had any siblings.

“When I was 25, I decided to look into my birth mother. At that time, there wasn’t emailing or anything so it was just letters back and forth,” Curran said.

“Long story short, [the adoption agency] ended up getting a hold of her. Her [current husband] knows nothing about it, so she didn’t want to meet me. So I just sort of left it alone.”

Curran went about her life, regularly visiting her adoptive brothers and cousins in Ireland, but never suspecting her biological brother was there all along.

Meanwhile, Canny, who is married and has three sons, decided recently to search for his birth mother as well. Through that process, the adoption agency revealed to him that he had a sister.

“When they called him, they said, ‘Good news and bad news. Bad news is your mother doesn’t want to meet you. Good news is you have a baby sister,’” Curran recalled.

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On March 14, an Irish adoption agency called Curran after finding her information online. The agent asked if she was interested in communicating with Canny, to which she said yes.

After emailing back and forth, Curran, Canny and Canny’s wife had their first video chat on April 6.

“Of course it was minus stupid here so I was wearing a toque and a coat and everything,” Curran laughed. “I was just in my car and we chatted for about 45 minutes. Then, when I came home, we chatted again.

“We’ve noticed with our chatting we have a few similarities. But I have an Irish temper, a short temper, and he doesn’t.”

Curran said in the short time they’ve been communicating, they’ve already developed a strong bond. The siblings knew they wanted to meet, but work commitments were going to stall their reunion until after the summer.

“That was too far away. So last week, I just booked [my tickets] and said, ‘That’s it,’ Canny said. “I couldn’t wait any longer. This completes it. We were talking and talking and this completes it.”
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“[Curran is] the only blood relative I have, barring my three sons. [I] looked for my mother, she didn’t want to meet me, but [I got] better news, I’ve got a sister.”

Canny is staying in Alberta for a week, working to catch up on forty-four years’ worth of memories. Plans are also in the works for a trip to Ireland, so Curran can meet her sister-in-law and three nephews.

“We’re just happy to have found each other and we just want to go ahead and join our families together,” she said.

“This was always that little something that was just missing. I can’t express enough how much I love my family and they’re truly my family and [I have] the best cousins and everything. But this is definitely an extra little piece that I’m really happy to have.”
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