An unwilling star: Adoption rights icon Philomena Lee

Philomena Lee had to give up her son Anthony while still in her teens. Here, she discusses the power of forgiveness, the cruelty of the mother and baby homes, and why Ireland needs to give people their true identities back

21st July, 2019
Philomena Lee: ‘I really never would have found Michael if it hadn’t been for Jane’ Pic: Fergal PhillipS

Philomena Lee’s story inspired a book and an Oscar-nominated film, making her an inadvertent symbol for adoption rights, but all she ever wanted was to find her son.

Speaking with Philomena, one wouldn’t imagine she had ever experienced a bad day in her life.The 86-year-old is dressed immaculately, quick to laugh, with twinkling eyes and a disarming sense of humour, oozing positivity and a lust for life. I meet her on what would...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Design for Life: We disagree about putting our children’s pictures online

Design for Life: How can I rediscover my mojo after being let go?