DOC ON ONE: Looking for Fairytale Castles

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A baby named Martina was born on 11th April 1972. Six weeks later Martina got a new name – Jenny – when she was adopted by Magdalene and Brendan Tyrell.

When she was nine years old, Jenny found out that, unlike her four younger siblings, she was adopted.

Though she loved her parents and siblings very much, it sparked a curiosity about her background that she could not shake.

At the end of 20, Jenny decided to trace her birth parents and met her birth mother for the first time. However it was to be fourteen years until she felt ready to contact her again.

In this documentary, both Jenny and her birth mother speak candidly about the hurt and the pain caused by the adoption process and the journey that they have been on to get to know each other after 36 years apart.


– In order to protect the identity of Jenny’s birth mother, an actor voiced up the interviews with Jenny’s birth mother.

Narrated by Eva Tryell.

Voice of birth mother by Liz Lloyd.