Sunday 25 February 2018

College pals have just 28 days in global search for twin strangers

Harry English, Niamh Geaney and Terence Manzanga
Harry English, Niamh Geaney and Terence Manzanga
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

IT IS said we each have seven people in the world who look exactly like us - and three college friends are hoping to find just one.

Niamh Geaney, Harry English and Terence Manzanga are looking for their twin strangers or doppelgängers - just one of those people out there whose features most closely resemble their own.

But they've given themselves a deadline and today is day three of their 28-day challenge to win the competition.

"There's no money or anything riding on this, only pride," said Niamh (26), originally from Castleisland in Kerry but now living in Dublin.

Niamh Geaney
Niamh Geaney

"We're just going to use social media to explore the popular myth that we each have seven lookalikes around the world.

"We're hoping for our search to go global and we'll be keeping blogs on our progress."

Niamh, who is a showbusiness contributor on 2FM's Weekenders with Ruth and Paddy, says they were inspired by a search by journalist Sophie Robehmed to find her doppelgänger in 2011.


"She found her lookalike through social media and we're just trying to see if it is a one-off," she added.

Niamh has teamed up with DCU students Terence Manzanga and Harry English, both from Ashbourne, Co Meath. Although the three are close friends, the gloves are off for this competition with each vying to find the closest twin stranger.

The international element to the search will be crucial for Terence, who is originally from Zimbabwe.

"How hard can it be to find a tall, dark and handsome man ... without a hint of facial hair?" he says.

Harry English, who points out he's really Harry Irish, is hoping his search will uncover Harry French or perhaps Harry Canadian.

Niamh says they've already received a lot of responses.

They can be followed on or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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