81 year-old woman given up for adoption reunites 103-year-old mother for the first time after 80 years

81 year-old woman given up for adoption reunites 103-year-old mother for the first time after 80 years
Eileen Macken, 81, grew up in the Bethany Home orphanage in Dublin and knew nothing about her birth mother who had given her up for adoption as a child (Pictured in April with her mother Elizabeth)
Eileen Macken, 81, grew up in the Bethany Home orphanage in Dublin and knew nothing about her birth mother who had given her up for adoption as a child.



Ms Macken who once described herself as 'Ireland's oldest orphan', began searching for her mother, Elizabeth , when she was just 19 and never gave up hope of finding her.
81 year-old woman given up for adoption reunites 103-year-old mother for the first time after 80 years

 Last year, she raised her plight on RTÉ's Liveline programme, and a genealogist tracked down her birth mother in Scotland. Ms Macken embarked on a trip with her family to visit Elizabeth, who turns 104 tomorrow,  despite receiving no invitation to make the journey. 
81 year-old woman given up for adoption reunites 103-year-old mother for the first time after 80 years
 Her family were worried about making the trip uninvited, but Ms Macken was determined to meet her birth mother - who she was shocked is still alive.
81 year-old woman given up for adoption reunites 103-year-old mother for the first time after 80 years
 (Pictured aged two)  Ms Macken, who once described herself as 'Ireland's oldest orphan', began searching for her mother, Elizabeth, when she was just 19 and never gave up hope


'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.'

Ms Macken described the trip as 'three days of wonderful happiness' the likes of which she had 'never ever had before'.

She told the BBC: '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.'

Ms Macken said she was so excited at having found her mother she wanted to go up a big mountain and 'scream it out to everybody', Irish Central reported. 

She had said that she could not believe it when she discovered that her mother was alive - describing herself as the 'happiest person alive'.

Ms Macken spoke of hearing her 'fabulous' mother's voice on the phone for the first time, saying that the only thing she wanted to do was meet her, overwhelmed by the joy of not being 'an orphan anymore'.

The Bethany mother and baby home in Dublin, which was run by Protestant clergy, was one of a number scrutinised by an Irish government-appointed Commission of Investigation.

These homes were generally institutions where women who became pregnant outside marriage gave birth. In the main, these babies were adopted.


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