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81-year-old Irish pensioner met her 103-year-old mother for the first time after searching for her for six decades.
Eileen Macken was raised in the Bethany Home orphanage in Dublin. His mother had given her up for adoption when she was a child.
Eileen knew nothing about her mother but she decided to search for her. She started searching for her when she was 19.
A genealogist tracked her mother, Elizabeth and finally, after searching for her for 61 years, she made a surprise visit to her 103-year-old mother, Elizabeth.
Her mother – who was not married at the time – gave birth to Eileen in August 1937 in a doctor’s surgery in Dublin.
So, she had to give Eileen up for adoption.
Eileen, who made a surprise visit to her mother, told the Belfast Telegraph: ‘I went over to see her and she’s the most beautiful lady, lovely family, they gave me a great welcome.’
‘We came in and honestly, I haven’t got over the acceptance that I got because I was thinking, ‘This is terrible, what am I going to do?’ But they accepted me and I had a great chat with my mother.’
‘I know she’s my mum and I said it to her. ‘You know I’m your daughter’ and she looked up at me and took my hand, we had a great chat.’
‘There was such a bond between the two of us, it was fantastic.’
‘She was reading the newspaper and when she saw me, I said we were from Ireland and she said, ‘I was born in Ireland’.
‘She was thrilled and she never let go of my hand. I don’t think I’ll ever come down out of the cloud.’
Eileen, who has three children Hazel, 54, Graham, 48, and Olwen, 44, said: ‘I said to my children: all my life I love this lady, and I don’t know who she is. But now I am so happy.’
‘My mother said to me, ‘Oh I’d love to make you some tea, but I don’t think I’ll be able to’. And I told her don’t worry at all about it. I don’t want tea I just wanted to chat to you.’
‘I don’t think I’ve done any work in the house [since she came back], I’m that happy. I’m going around singing.’
‘You’ve no idea what it’s done to me, I’m just so happy.’
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