It was all round joy and excitement for a 81 year-old woman who reconnected with her mother after searching her.
Mrs. Macken first started trying to find her biological mother when she was 19, after she found out that the family she was staying with wasn’t her family, she started losing hope of finding her after searching for more than six decades.
But with the help of a genealogist who offered to assist when she opened up about her story on a radio show last year, Mrs. Macken was able to track down her elderly mum earlier this month.
She said: “I can’t believe it, when I got the word that she was alive, all I want to do is to meet her, she said she found her mother after taking a DNA test.
The 61-year-old who grew up in an orphanage in Dublin hasn’t yet met her mother, but has spoken to her on the phone and is hoping to make the trip “across the water,” when she recovers from a recent eye operation.
“I spoke to her on the phone but she couldn’t hear me,” she said. “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.
“All I want is to see her.”
Mrs. Macken also found out she had two half-brothers who were still alive and were in their 70s.
Speaking about how the years of searching had affected her, Mrs. Macken continued: “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.”