Woman, 81, meets mum, 103, for the first time after 60-year hunt for her
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  • 11:43, 10 MAY 2019

An 81-year-old woman has finally met her 103-year-old mum for the first time after a 60-year hunt.

Eileen Macken, who grew up in an orphanage in Dublin, was reunited with mother Elizabeth for the first time since she was an infant.

A moving picture shows the two smiling and embracing after Eileen made the journey from Ireland to Scotland to meet her.

She had spent more than six decades searching for her birth mother, and was stunned to learn she was still alive earlier this year.

Eileen said she has never been happier.

She told RTE News : "I went over to see her and she's the most beautiful lady, lovely family, they gave me a great welcome."

And she continued: "I don't think I'll ever come down out of the cloud."

During her three-day journey she also discovered she has two half-brothers.

Eileen said there was "such a bond" between herself and her mother after their meeting.

Elizabeth will turn 104 on Saturday.

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