81- year- old finds her mother, aged 104

The Scotsman - - NEWS DIGEST - By AN­GUS HOWARTH

An 81- year- old Ir­ish­woman has met her 104- yearold mother f or t he f i rst time.

Eileen Macken said she had never been hap­pier.

She grew up in the Bethany Home or­phan­age in Dublin and has spent most of her life look­ing for her birth mother.

A ge­neal­o­gist tracked her down in Scot­land.

Ms Macken said: “Once I heard that, noth­ing would stop me try­ing to get to see her.” She re­called: “I went over to see her and she’s the most beau­ti­ful lady, lovely fam­ily, they gave me a great wel­come.

“We came in and, hon­estly, I haven’t got over the ac­cep­tance that I got.

“They ac­cepted me and I had a great chat with my mother.”

The Bethany mother and baby home in Dublin has been one of a num­ber scru­ti­nised by an Ir­ish gov­ern­ment- ap­pointed Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mother and baby homes were gen­er­ally i nsti t utions where women who be­came preg­nant out­side mar­riage gave birth.

In the main, those ba­bies were adopted. Bethany was run by Protes­tant clergy.

Ms Macken trav­elled to Scot­land with her fam­ily to meet El­iz­a­beth, who cel­e­brates turn­ing 104 to­day.

The mother- of- three also dis­cov­ered af­ter meet­ing her mother that she has two half- broth­ers.

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