- An 81-year-old woman was all shades of happy as she reunited with her mother 61 years after losing contact with her family
- According to reports, Eileen Macken was able to track down her mum with the help of a genealogist who decided to help her after she phoned in on a radio show
- Eileen Macken had begun the search of her parents when she was just 19
Families are as important as life itself, and this is one of the major reasons a lot of people go above and beyond for theirs. While some have lost families, others are opportune to have them and as for Eileen Macken who recently reconnected with her mum 61 years after losing contact, nothing can contain her joy.
Eileen who is 81, was able to track down her now 103-year-old mother with the help of a genealogist who decided to help her after she phoned into RTE Radio One’s Joe Duffy’s Liveline radio show, in Ireland in 2018.
The 81-year-old mother of two revealed she wanted to find her blood relatives because she felt lonely and also wanted to know her medical history so as to spot any potential health problems with her children.
She phoned back into the radio show last week to reveal she had found her birth mum after taking a DNA test. She had this to say: "‘The sadness that goes with being alone, even to this day, different things would set me off, I’d say, “if only I had a brother, if only I had a sister”, I think it’s just within you that you have no blood relatives. But I have now."
Married to husband Ronald, Eileen revealed she’d spoken to her mum but was unable to visit her ‘across the water’ for the moment because she recently had an eye operation.
Speaking further, she said: "My mum is 103 and she will soon be 104. I spoke to her on the phone but she couldn’t hear me. She’s a bit like myself, I’ve only one good ear. She kept saying, “I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.” ‘Unfortunately, she is across the water and I’ve had two cousins who have come on to help me out since they got the word that I had found who my mother was and where she was.T hey now know that all I want is to see her.’
Eileen, who was just 19 when she lost contact with her parents and began the search for them, revealed she also found out she had two half-brothers who were still alive and were in their 70s. She said she was desperate not to upset anyone after getting in contact with her blood relatives.
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