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81-year-old Irish woman reunites with mum, 104

An 81-year-old Irish woman has said she has never been happier after meeting her 103-year-old mother for the first time.
Eileen Macken grew up in a Bethany Home orphanage in Dublin and had never met her birth mother.
She started searching when she was 19 and last year contacted RTÉ’s Liveline to appeal for help to find her mother.
Earlier this year a genealogist called to say he had tracked her down in Scotland.
“Once I heard that, nothing would stop me trying to get to see her,” Eileen said.

‘Most beautiful lady’
She travelled to Scotland last month and finally met her mum, Elizabeth, who will be 104 on Saturday.
“I went over to see her and she’s the most beautiful lady, lovely family, they gave me a great welcome,” she told RTÉ’s Liveline programme.
“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.”
Eileen said Elizabeth was reading the newspaper when she saw her.
“I said we were from Ireland and she said ‘I was born in Ireland’.
“I said: ‘You know I’m your daughter’ and she just looked up at me and she took my hand.
“I think it’s nearly gone past her, but there was such a bond between the two of us. It was fantastic.”
‘I had to go and search’
Eileen, a mother of three, also discovered she has two half brothers.
She said she did not think she would “ever come down out of the cloud” after meeting her mother.
She said she was always adamant that she should find her mum and never gave up the search.
“I felt, how could I be one person on this planet and having nobody – I had to go and search,” she said.
The meeting had made her happier than she could have imagined, she said.
“We had three days of wonderful happiness that I’ve never ever had before.
“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.”

‘Source: BBC

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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