Our second story begins in Antwerp.
The 24 year old Alain
is desperately looking for
his mysterious Irish father.
Who used to work in the port of Antwerp.
"Long Lost Families Belgium"
Alain is a 24 year old webdesigner.
He was raised by his mom as an only child.
His father was Irish
and worked in the port of Antwerp 24 years ago.
But Alain never knew him...
My Father was an underwater welder in the late 80'ies
in Antwerp where he had a short relationship with my mom.
But he... he went back short after I was born
I assume Ireland.
I haven't got much information
because my mom knows very little about him.
I know his name is Tim or Timothy.
He would have one blue and one green eye.
I've probably got my stature
from my father according to my mom.
But that's about all the information I've got.
Alain also knows that the relationship
between his mother and father already ended when he was born.
But why he didn't hear anything from
his father in 24 years stays a mystery to Alain.
I've never actually got an answer to my questions.
Why did he leave ?
Why didn't he stay?
I only know that he gave the option
to my mom to take me with him.
He said: " I also want to take care of him."
"If you don't want the child I'm willing to take it with me."
But my mom had a connection with me
since she had been carrying me for 9 months.
She wouldn't gave away her baby.
She wanted to raise me.
Even if she had to do alone.
And so she did.
I am very thankful and grateful
that she raised me alone
for such a long time as a single mother.
The bond between Alain and his mother is still there
Growing up without a father was
heavy at certain moments for Alain.
I've been occasionally confronted with it in elementary school
When classmates and friends had to make
drawings for their father for Father's Day or Christmas.
Then I had to make a drawing for my mother
As a child you're been confronted with the fact:
I've got no father
there's no father figure.
All other classmates and friends do have that.
Surely there is something wrong.
There's something not right.
It's not until puberty that I increasingly began to think:
Where do I come from? Who's my father?
There has to be someone?
A child always has a father and a mother...
The desire to find his father has been growing ever since.
Alain lives together with his girlfriend Kelly
who has grown up in a traditional family.
The fact that Alain grew up without a father
comes back regularly in conversations with Kelly.
I once asked :
"Can you say Dad?"
And then it's like ...dad.
If you never had to say that
It becomes a weird word.
It's weird to say.
It's not like you.
Alain has been looking active
for his father for 8 years.
His mother has very little information
So Alain tried other ways to find some clues.
I went to the town hall to ask for my birth certificate.
To see if the name of my father would be listed on there.
or he would have recognized me.
That was not the case.
It was a dead end.
There was just the name of my mother
and that I've got the last name
of my mother not my father's.
So that's how I only had a first name
to start my search to him.
Wich - obviously - isn't enough.
if you have a surname you can search on facebook
Or you can try to visit some Irish pubs
to see if anyone has know him.
But without a surname and
certainly with a frequent name like Tim
or Timothy... There're a million people with that name.
Especially in Ireland.
A little bit further is the pub
Where my mother met my father.
Several years ago.
I've been in the bar to ask
if they knew someone with the name Tim
or if they knew my mother.
But the owners have changed
several times during the years.
They couldn't tell me anything new.
All the attempts that Alain has taken
over the past eight years to find his father failed.
Long Lost Families is his only hope.
To me it's now or never.
I want to get to know him.
I want to know what he's up to.
Is he still an underwater welder?
Which character traits do I've got from him?
Are there more relatives?
The stereotype of the Irish is
that they've got big families.
Therefore I also have formed that image
already that I've got a big family
with many brothers sisters uncles aunts...
I just want someone of who I can say:
that's my father.
To have a beer with and have a good chat..
As a father and son would usually do.
Catch up on the time we haven't had
together for the past 24 years.
Alain is looking for his biological father.
We don't have a surname.
We don't know how old he is.
What we do know is the following:
His first name is Tim or Timothy.
He has a green and a blue eye.
Wich is quite exceptional.
and he worked as
an underwater welder 25 years ago.
Underwater Welders are specialized scuba divers
who perform welding work on drilling platforms pipelines and ships.
We start our search at the most obvious place:
The port of Antwerp.
We contact as many companies as we possible can
who hire underwater welders.
Unfortunately without any success.
Our online posts on diving forums
don't deliver any results.
Meanwhile we're also looking into a second lead.
We're going back to the place
where Alain's mother met his father.
Tavern "Het Leemputje".
Alain has been here before
without any success.
The current owners don't know his father.
We've spoken with the previous proprietress.
She does remember a charmy Irish man.
She brings us into contact with an associate.
This associate tells us Tim's surname:
Apparently he now works as an engineer
on temporary assignments all over the world.
Eventually we find a trace of him in Norway.
He would be working here on a drilling platform
near the harbor of Stavanger.
We're in contact with the employer of Tim.
He was able to tell us
that Tim's contract has just finished
two weeks ago.
We're just too late.
He did tell us that Tim has returned to Ireland
- where he's from -
and he did gave us an address.
So now it's just a matter of taking the plane!
I've called Tim and informed him of my arrival.
I've also told him the reason of my visit.
He was very surprised
but he's willing to meet me.
Tim lives in Salt Bridge.
About an hour drive from Dublin.
He lives here with his partner and his son.
For years Alain has been looking for his Irish father Tim.
We found a man near dublin who met his definition.
To make sure that this man was the father we did a DNA test.
Today I'm going with the results to Alain.
Here we go the working man.
How was your day?
Alright. Busy but alright.
I suggest that we talk about your search.
Great. I'll let you in.
You gave us a few clues.
We started to work with
and after a lot of detours
we've found a man who meets your characteristics.
He currently lives in Ireland.
But I'll let you discover
if he's your father.
-The paternity test is positive -
It's strange know ...
with certainty that he's my father.
It was my final hope.
It feels great that you guys succeeded.
I see that you are very happy.
I'm very happy!
I assume that you are also curious.
How does he look like? How is he?
I'll show you a picture.
Here you go.
What do you think?
It's ... It's strange to see.
Now all of a sudden I see him.
It's very strange but ...
Are there things that you recognize?
Maybe those "Mickey Mouses" that I'm starting to have.
I think I look a lot like my mother.
Let me tell you a few things
about your father.
His surname is Mullane.
At this moment he's in Ireland.
He told me that
he presumed 25 years ago
that you'd be his son.
He suggested a bloodtest.
Your mother rejected that.
"Well then she'll know that i'm not the father."
Shortly after he left Antwerp
and went on with his life.
good to hear.
The story is being shaped now.
You've always heard one side of the story
and now you hear the other side of the story.
Your father has also written you a letter.
Here you go.
It's good to read that he wants to get to know me
and wants to meet me.
I was thinking:
What if I find him but he doesn't
want to see me ...
Then it's over. You can't force anyone.
Now that I read this.
It feels great.
It does something to me.
Interesting to know is that
you've got two half-brothers!
The oldest one's called Taidgh.
And then there's a younger brother
His name is Shaun.
It's weird to hear as an only child
that I've got brothers.
That's something that've
been missing during my childhood.
Being able to play with brothers and...
to talk about certain things
that you can't talk about with your parents
In this case my mother.
I'm really looking forward to get to know them.
Alain Ireland ain't that far.
It's almost weekend...
let's go to them together.
It's about an hour from Dublin so...
An early flight and a few hours later and we're there!
I'm really looking forward.
Francesca has been here.
They've found him.
No you'd got to be kidding me? Really?
I've got a picture of him.
You've got a picture?!
No wait I'm not going to look.
Can I look?
That's your father!
You don't really look like him. - No.
That's not you.
You've got everything from your mom.
It's weird right?
That's your dad.
We're going to him on saturday.
No you're kidding.
It's for real ? It's for real!
How do you feel now?
Normal I'm feel normal.
I'm just a bit nervous.
I bet you are. Oh my God!
Yes it's great but weird
To me it's unreal.
I've had this feeling of not
having a father for so long
and now all of a sudden I do have a father.
I'm still not realizing it.
It does feel great to know that I've got a father.
and that he's still there.
And that he's willing to meet me.
- after the break -
I'm going to tell you
where he's waiting for you.
You see those stairs?
Right behind there is Tim waiting for you.
Come on! Go go go!
Alain has never known his father Tim.
But today it's all about to change.
Within a few moments Alain will face his father.
Who disappeared after Alain's birth.
My girlfriend had right before I left
posted something on my Facebook.
I really thought it was...
You know that song from Stromae?
She posted on my Facebook.
Starting from today
Plus jamais 'Papaoutai'
That's so sweet!
( Never again dad Where are you? )
So now we are on our way to...
Yes indeed. It's getting closer.
I'm excited: What's about to happen?
How's the meeting going to be?
Do I've have to act a certain way?
But then I'm like no just be yourself.
Just do as you think you should.
It's difficult. It's...
Thinking about the fact that
after 24 years the search is over.
I'm finally going to get answers:
Who's he? what's he like?
What has he been doing all these years?
It's very exciting.
For Tim this is also an excited moment.
Since he received the results of the DNA-test.
He's been eager to meet his new son.
You've got to admit it's...
Okay enjoy this moment to the fullest.
You've so looking forward to this.
Enjoy the moment.
I'll tell you where he's waiting for you.
You see those stairs?
To the left you see the dunes
behind the dunes
Tim is waiting for you.
He's probably just as nervous as you are.
Come on! Go go go.
It's a stranger that you see
and then suddenly
it turns out to be your father.
It's all a bit strange.
But I'm very happy that finally
all the pieces of the puzzle
seem to fall into place.
Tim wants to introduce his lost son
to the rest of the family.
In a nearby pub are his partner Patricia
and his youngest son Shaun
waiting for Alain.
I'm very happy that I've met his partner.
and strange to say ...
but getting to know my half-brother.
I felt immediately accepted.
A hug straight away.
It felt so right.
I've got 24 years to catch up to.
There are some many things we can talk about.
We can spend days
weeks months in a pub.
To tell all the stories.
I'm looking forward to spend Christmas together
and to go out again.
Going to pubs. Hear great stories.
I'm REALLY happy.
Alain will soon meet his older brother.
He feels very welcome in his new Irish family.