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Tele readers help reunite Belfast best friends after more than 40 years

By Claire Williamson

Published 19/09/2016

Reunited: Best friend Ed Costello and Brian Kelly.
Reunited: Best friend Ed Costello and Brian Kelly.
Brian Kelly, left, and Ed Costello, right, at Brian's wedding in 1973

They had been apart for more than 40 years, but thanks to your help, two best friends have been reunited.

Brian Kelly and Edward Costello grew up in Belfast together and were inseparable for 15 years.

However in a pre-internet generation they lost touch.

But while they may have been out of sight, they certainly weren't out of mind.

As Brian (70) launched an appeal through the Irish Independent to try and find his friend.

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Brian and Ed (68) first met when they played on the same football team, St Anthony's Boys Club.

They had been on holiday together in Majorca when Brian met and fell in love with a Dublin woman called Vera.

They moved there after their wedding where Ed was his best man.

Brian Kelly, left, and Ed Costello, right, at Brian's wedding in 1973
Brian Kelly, left, and Ed Costello, right, at Brian's wedding in 1973
Reunited: Best friend Ed Costello and Brian Kelly.

While Ed moved to Scotland. 

However, now after you helped share their story far and wide - the pair have been reunited.

Ed's daughter Rosemary saw the article on the Belfast Telegraph and immediately recognised her father as the long-lost best man.

She had heard her dad talk about Brian before and knew they had definitely found the right Ed.

They were put back in touch and reunited on Sunday afternoon in what's been described as an "emotional" meeting.

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