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Hundreds of Irish people are due inheritances from relatives but don't know it

There are more than 500 unclaimed estates in the UK that were owned by people of Irish origin.

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“WE ARE THE people who knock on the door to say your long lost Uncle Bobby has left you an inheritance. That’s what we do.”

Padraic Grennan works for the new Dublin office of Finders International who are helping unite Irish heirs with money owed to them.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on 2FM this morning, Grennan said:

“We work with lawyers who have run into difficulty winding up estates…we trace down the beneficiary or next of kin and basically approach them and tell them they are due to inherit a sum of money.”

Speaking about inheritances being given to unsuspecting people after a long lost relative has died, Grennan said, “It’s more common than you would think.”

He also added that there are details of over 500 unclaimed estates in the UK on that were owned by people of Irish origin.

We would encourage your listeners to go on there, check out the names, put your name in or your relatives names and see if you can see anything there that might actually link you with that estate and we might be able to help you.

Did you have an Aunt Lizzy? 

Grennan described the case of Kathleen Hilda Ryan who died in Bermondsey in the UK in 2013 aged 81 worth almost €700,000.

She never made a will, she didn’t marry, she had no children and at the time of her death she had no living siblings either.

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“Her father was John Joseph Ryan born in Mullingar and died 1971. The rest of the family have died out and the only possibility we have of finding an heir to this fortune is through one of John Ryan’s sisters, a lady named Elizabeth Ryan, also known as Eliza or Lizzy.

“All we have is a baptism certificate from 1878 and the records show she never married. We believe she may have gone to the US.

If there’s anybody listening who thinks their mother or grandmother was an Eliza or Lissy Ryan they could be due to inherit a lot of money.

“It’s tricky, we’re stumped at this one so we’d be anxious to hear from anybody with any information.”

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