An American genealogist has traced long lost relatives of a County Cork emigrant who has left them a substantial inheritance in his will.

Donna Reid Hotaling has spent the past month in the Genealogical Office on Kildare Street in Dublin searching for relatives of a wealthy American woman with Irish ancestry who died three years ago. Her father emigrated to the United States from Ireland in the year 1900.

Several families in County Cork will now be beneficiaries of a significant inheritance which is based in real estate, but the exact amount is not yet known,

I'm not allowed to divulge the amount of money at this point in time.

This is not the first time that Donna Reid Hotaling has located long lost relatives of Irish emigrants. To date she has worked for US legal firms on five cases that resulted in Irish citizens inheriting a total of three million dollars.

Now nine or ten individuals who are going about their daily life in County Cork are unaware of the good news they are about to receive, as

I am very positive of the fact that I have found the people.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 April 1991. The reporter is Bob Powell.