Monday June 1, 2020

Finding my father: David Diebold on unravelling a mystery

The author’s flash memoir recounts episodes from an unusual life. Here, he delves deeper into one such story: tracking down his birth father

22nd March, 2020
Author David Diebold. Picture: Fergal Phillips

My real father was a mystery to me growing up. No one wanted to talk about him. If I did ask, Mom would get teary-eyed. Dad once said: “He was a criminal.” Eventually I stopped asking.

We moved around a bit when I was young. For a while we lived in a lonely clifftop house in Wexford while Dad, an award-winning journalist on a career break from the Los Angeles Times, wrote a...

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