To her surprise, Eileen also discovered that she's got two half-brothers as well. She described the unexpected trip as "three days of wonderful happiness" the likes of which she had 'never ever had before'.
An 81-year-old Irish pensioner finally got the chance to meet her mother, after nearly six decades of searching for her. Eileen Macken grew up in Bethany Home orphanage in Dublin, Ireland, and she knew nothing about her birth mother as she had been given up for adoption right after she was born. However, after a search that lasted for 61 years, and a call to RTÉ's Liveline show last year, she finally got to meet her 104-year-old mother. During her search, she believed that there was little chance her mom would still be alive. She also had a little help as a genealogist tracked down the mother in Scotland, according to Belfast Telegraph.
Irish woman Eileen Mackin finally meets 103-year-old mum pic.twitter.com/SqhAj2Q1gE— Breaking News Headlines (@louisarrow1) May 10, 2019
Eileen said, "Once I heard that nothing would stop me trying to get to see her." Eileen decided to make a surprise visit to Scotland to see her mother. Eileen was accompanied by her family and they were surprised to know that Elizabeth was going to turn 104 on May 11. Despite not receiving an invitation to visit her mother, the family decided to visit Elizabeth, probably the best decision they made, as the mother-daughter duo had quite the joyful reunion, reports Daily Mail.
Eileen Macken, who was born in the Bethany Home in Dublin, has been reunited with her mother after 60 years of searching for her pic.twitter.com/Gc3X7WRr02— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 9, 2019
"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," said Eileen. "She was reading the newspaper and when she saw me, I said we were from Ireland and she said, 'I was born in Ireland'."
60 years searching... 60 years💔 so sad and such a travesty that she wasn’t given this information by Tulsa & the church.— Nicole Le Bold (@le_bold) May 10, 2019
"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 added. Eileen had been searching for her biological mother since she was 19. This reunion put an end to a long search that went on for 61 years. Eileen was ecstatic to have met her mom. So much, that she embraced the centenarian in a tight hug the moment she saw her.
Wow, what a story ❤️— LeeLoo 💋 (@leeloodallas69) May 9, 2019
"You've no idea what it's done to me. I'm just so happy," said a joyful Eileen. Eileen was born in August 1937 in Dublin as her then 22-year-old mother Elizabeth had to undergo surgery. Back in those days, children who were born out of wedlock were seldom taken into the family. More often than not, they were given up for adoption and the whole baby scenario was kept under wraps.
'You know I'm your daughter' and she just looked up at me and she took my hand. https://t.co/oG6Jb2Fnwm— Zafarullah (@zafarullah018) May 10, 2019
So, baby Eileen was handed over to the Bethany Home in the Irish Republic's capital. When she was five-years-old, she was passed to the Church of Ireland Orphan House in the city where she lived until she was 17. Eileen, a mother of three, once described herself as the 'world's oldest orphan'. She began searching for her mother from the time she was 19-years-old and she never stopped looking for her.
"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."— Ann-Marie Foster (@AnnMarieCFoster) May 10, 2019
Here's to a happy Friday - going around singing
Irish woman Eileen Mackin finally meets 103-year-old mum https://t.co/3fP3cCJY9o
To her surprise, Eileen also discovered that she's got two half-brothers as well. She described the unexpected trip as "three days of wonderful happiness" the likes of which she had "never ever had before." Eileen has three children, Hazel, 54, Graham, 48, and Olwen, 44, and she told them, "All my life I love this lady, and I don't know who she is. But now I am so happy." It must have been a wonderful moment to find her mother after having searched for her for over six decades.
Lucky she found her and to get to that age remarkable , some never find sadly records lost etc— kath smith (@kathsmi51855190) May 10, 2019
After spending three days together with her mom, Eileen went home. She said, "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." She also mentioned that she was so excited at having found her mother she wanted to go up a big mountain and "scream it out to everybody."
Awe, how sweet. They're the spitting image of other.— CAROLINE (@carolineThom67) May 10, 2019