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Who's your daddy? U Magazine

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"Who's your daddy?"


Demanding a DNA test to prove paternity of a child is not just for the rich a famous. It seems that recent years have seen a rise in the number of people seeking paternity tests, according to Dublin based Ormond Quay Paternity Services (OQPS), and the request are flooding in at an ever increasing rate. "On average, we conduct six paternity tests each week, and we receive an average five requests for information every day through our website or by telephone, and this is increasing steadily," said Brian O'Dwyer of OQPS, just one of many facilities which conduct paternity testing in Ireland. It seems that popular users of the DNA paternity services include those who have had too much to drink on a night out to remember if they have fathered a child or not, and proud Irish mammies who refuse to believe their sons could have fathered illegitimate children.

"It's the great Irish mammy syndrome," said O'Dwyer. "I have had an astonishing number of calls from mothers who believe the girl is not telling the truth. They might say that he was only with her for two weeks. It can't be his."

Indeed, two weeks is clearly not enough time to get a girl knocked up. But the great Irish mammy isn't the only one who can't believe it's true; Brian also attributes the demon drink to leaving fellas unsure if they've even slept with someone on a night out. "I think an awful lot of it is to do with Irish lifestyles, the nightclub scene and the drinks scene," he said. "There's a huge drink culture in Ireland, and people get together after a few drinks. It's the fast living of today's youth."

The tests, some of which can be presented in court if necessary, sot upwards of €350, and if a client is willing to pay extra, results can be back within 48 hours according to the OQPS website. While it might seem expensive, it's little compared to the price of a bambino who turns out to be someone else's child, as was the result for one third of the tests carried out over the last 18 months - up 35 per cent of the tests showed that the alleged father was not in fact related to the child in question.

Accessibility to such services is no doubt to thank for the boost in popularity, but high profile celeb cases have also helped show the benefits of DNA Testing.

Spice girl Melanie Brown used DNA testing to prove that Eddie Murphy was the father of her daughter Angel Irish, after the comedian publicly dumped her on Dutch TV. He told his interviewer, "I don't know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test." Months later of course, when Angel was born on Eddie's birthday, the DNA test was carried out and it was proved that he was the father.

The late Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn was the subject of a paternity battle when it was revealed that there were five potential daddies for the tiny heiress, including the model's deceased husband. It was determined, however, that Larry Birkhead is Dannielynn's father, and not Howard K Stern, who had been named on the birth cert. Now Larry can look forward to a long, happy fatherhood, to a little girl who stands to inherit mommy's massive estate no less.

Other celebs who have made the most of paternity testing include Liz Hurley, who was forced to prove that American producer Steve Bing was the father of her son Damian, and tennis star Boris Becker, who was at the centre of a controversy when model Angela Ermakova claimed a fumble in a cupboard of London's Nobu restaurant left her pregnant with Becker's child.When little Anna was born, and a paternity test was carried out, Boris was found to be the father after all, and has since promised to provide for his little girl.

We just hope all those Irish DNA test-takers find such happy endings to their tales.