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Wednesday 21 August 2019

'We had a great chat' - woman (82) reunites with biological mother (103) after decades trying to track her down

It's her mum's 104th birthday tomorrow

(Photo: Twitter/Liveline)
(Photo: Twitter/Liveline)
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

A woman in her 80’s who had an emotional reunion with the 103-year-old mother that she had never met before said that they had a "great chat".

Eileen Macken (82) was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and knew nothing about the birth mum who had given her up for adoption but had never given up hope of meeting her one day.

After raising her plight on RTE’s Liveline show last year, a genealogist worked tirelessly to help her track down her biological roots but she had thought it was unlikely that her mother would still be alive. 

After spending decades looking for her biological mum, she was stunned to learn that not only was her mother Elizabeth still alive and living in Scotland, but she will celebrate her 104th birthday tomorrow.

“I heard she was alive at 103 and nothing would stop me trying to go and see her,” she explained. 

Despite having no formal invitation to go and visit her, she decided to “take the bull by the horns” after been given Elizabeth’s address and she travelled over last month to Scotland with some family members.

She flew over there on April 11 with her daughter, her son-in-law and her husband who were on hand to offer her moral support for such an emotional occasion.  

Read more here: Eileen (81) finally finds her 103-year-old mother

“I knocked on the door and a gentleman opened the door and I told him I was from Ireland and had found out my mum was here and could we come in to see her and he said, ‘Certainly.’

“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’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.”

She told listeners to Joe Duffy’s Liveline yesterday about the exchange she had with the woman she had waited her entire life to meet.

“When she saw me, I said to her, ‘We’re from Ireland and she said, ‘I was born in Ireland’ and she was thrilled and she never let go of my hand.

“She put her arms around me. 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.”

She said that her mum, who has two other sons in their 70’s, was still living in her family home and was as “happy as could be.”

She said she spent “three wonderful days” getting to know her biological mother and after waiting so long to meet her, found it difficult to leave her again. 

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