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US NewsIrish woman, 81, finally meets her mother, 103, after desperate 60-year search

20:05  10 may  2019
20:05  10 may  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Irish woman, 81, finally meets her mother, 103, after desperate 60-year search Eileen Macken (right) with her 103-year-old mother Elizabeth who she has met for the first time (RTE)

An 81-year-old woman has finally met her 103-year-old mother after 60 years of searching.

Eileen Macken grew up in orphanage in Dublin, Ireland, and until now had never met her mum, despite starting a search for her when she as just 19.

In desperation, last year she contacted one of the country’s most popular daily radio shows, Liveline, on the country’s national broadcaster RTE.

With the help of a genealogist she had managed to find her mother who was now 103 and living in Scotland.

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When she found out that her mother was still alive, she told RTE that "just to touch her, it would mean so much".

And now her dream has come true.

She said she finally met up with her mother last month after travelling to Scotland.

Ms Macken also discovered a half-brother she had never met after heading to her mother’s house.

“I told him I was from Ireland and that I had found my mum here and could we come in to see her, and he said 'certainly'," 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'.

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"She was thrilled and she never let go of my hand."

Ms Macken spent three days in Scotland.

She said she had a “great chat” with her mother and “I don't think I'll ever come down out of the cloud”.

She added: “I said to my children all my life that I loved this lady but I didn’t know who she was.

Irish woman, 81, finally meets her mother, 103, after desperate 60-year search © Provided by Oath Inc. A memorial to children from the Bethany Mother and Child Home, in Dublin (PA) “And that is exactly what I got when I went to the door.

“If you saw her little face, such a happy little lady, she is just fantastic.

“I can’t believe this surprise I got at this stage in my life, you can’t understand how thrilled I am.”

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