A woman was shocked to discover her 103-year-old mum was still alive 61 years after losing contact with her family.
Eileen Macken, 81, had lost hope of finding her birth mother but made a breakthrough earlier this month.
She tracked down her elderly parent 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, last year.
Mrs Macken had wanted to find her blood relatives because she felt lonely and also wanted to know her medical history so she could spot any potential problems for her two daughters.
She phoned back into the radio show last week to reveal she had found her birth mum after taking a DNA test.