Irish woman Eileen Macken finally meets 103-year-old mum

11 Mai, 2019, 09:20 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Octogenarian Irish woman meets 103-year-old mum after 60-year search

Eileen Macken, 82, who was brought up in an orphanage in Dublin, had been looking for her mother, Elizabeth, since she was 19.

Eileen Macken was given up for adoption when she was a baby and has never seen her mother since then. She's since married and had a family of her own.

However, last year, she went on RTÉ Radio 1's Liveline, and told her story. The pair met for the first time after Ms Macken was raised in an orphanage.

She took a DNA test and was told in August that her mother was living in Scotland. She's 103 years old and named Elizabeth.

Macken traveled with her husband, her daughter and son-in-law to Scotland and finally got to meet the woman who gave birth to her and her half-brother.

She said: "She was reading the newspaper and when she saw me, I said we were from Ireland and she said, "I was born in Ireland".

Ms Macken said Elizabeth was "thrilled" and "never let go" of her hand on meeting her.

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It's not clear how Ms Macken came to live in the orphanage.

The mother-of-three, from Perrystown in Dublin, also discovered in the three-day trip that she has two half-brothers.

Macken's mother will celebrate her 104th birthday this weekend.

"She's such a kind lady and I said to my children, all my life I love this lady and I don't know who she is and that was exactly what I got when I went to her door".

'There was such a bond between the two of us, it was fantastic'.

"We had three days of wonderful happiness that I've never ever had before".

"I heard she was alive at 103 and nothing would stop me trying to go and see her", she explained. "I was just so happy and I just wanted to get closure so everybody will know that all their hard work and prayers and kindness were answered".



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