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Woman celebrating 104th birthday meets the daughter she gave up for adoption 82 years ago

Eileen raised her plight on RTÉ’s Liveline show last year (stock photo)
Eileen raised her plight on RTÉ’s Liveline show last year (stock photo)

By Melanie Finn

A woman who was raised in an orphanage has told of her joy after she was finally reunited with her 103-year-old mother.

Eileen Mackin (82) grew up in Dublin and knew nothing about the birth mum who gave her up for adoption during her childhood. She never gave up hope of meeting her though and desperately searched over many decades.

Eileen raised her plight on RTÉ's Liveline show last year, and a genealogist helped, but she believed there was little chance she was still alive.

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

Despite having no formal invitation to visit her mother, Eileen travelled to Scotland last month with some family members.

"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."

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