Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin Airport homecoming: Tears of joy and plenty of kisses as loved ones arrive home

Published 19/12/2015 | 16:45

Caoimhe and Lorraine Moran wait to welcome their sister Sandra home from New York for the first time in eleven years at Dublin Airport.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Caoimhe and Lorraine Moran wait to welcome their sister Sandra home from New York for the first time in eleven years at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
Sandra Moran, centre, is wecomed home for christmas from New York for the first time in eleven years by her father Brian, sisters Lorraine and Caoimhe and mother Annette. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mike Dineen, West Cork, is welcomed home from New York by his girlfriend Orla Kenny at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
Emma Hurley returns to Dublin Airport from Australia to see her niece Aine for the first time. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mike Dineen, West Cork, is welcomed home from New York by his girlfriend Orla Kenny at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
Jordan Gilmore is welcomed home from Nashville by his girlfriend Sarah Chambers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
Jordan Gilmore is welcomed home from Nashville by his girlfriend Sarah Chambers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mick Murphy, centre in striped top, is welcomed back home from Calgary in Canada by his family at Dublin Airport . Photo: Tony Gavin
One year old Lucy Murphy meets her uncle Mick for the first time as her returns home from Calgary in Canada at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
Stephen Harding is welcomed home from Los Angeles by his mother Pat Harding who is having treatment for cancer at Dublin Airport. Photo: Tony Gavin
One year old Lucy Murphy gets ready to welcome her uncle Mick home from Calgary in Canada at Dublin Airport . Photo: Tony Gavin
Helen and Des Coughlan from Galway at Dublin Airport welcoming home their Daughter Jennifer
Sinead Mc Hale with her Daughter Enya at Dublin Airport
Sinead Mc Hale with her Daughter Enya at Dublin Airport
Sinead Mc Hale with her Daughter Enya at Dublin Airport
Gerard Banks with his Wife Jo at Dublin Airport welcoming home their Son Anthony and his Wife Quinn.
James Delahunty from Blanchardstown at Dublin Airport welcoming home his Wife Marlene Escudero
Gerard Banks with his Wife Jo at Dublin Airport welcoming home their Son Anthony and his Wife Quinn.
Helen and Des Coughlan from Galway at Dublin Airport welcoming home their Daughter Jennifer
Tom Corless originally from Ballyboughall Co Dublin with his Children Anthony,Dylan and Kailin at Dublin Airport home from Florida to surprise hiis Family
Martin Mulroe pictured proposing to his girlfriend Louise Mooney at Dublin Airport this morning
Martin Mulroe pictured proposing to his girlfriend Louise Mooney at Dublin Airport this morning
Martin Mulroe pictured proposing to his girlfriend Louise Mooney at Dublin Airport this morning
Martin Mulroe pictured proposing to his girlfriend Louise Mooney at Dublin Airport this morning
Louise Mooney got the surprise of her life when boyfriend Martin returned from Australia early to pop the question in Dublin airport

Dublin Airport witnessed tears of joy today as hundreds gathered to welcome home some old faces... and some new ones.

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The capital's airport is experiencing one of its busiest weekends of the year as thousands of emigrants are walking through the arrival doors for Christmas.

For many, it had been years since they had visited home for Christmas.

Caoimhe and Lorraine Moran were waiting to welcome their sister Sandra home from New York for the first time in eleven years.

For others, they were travelling home to meet some new faces. One-year-old Lucy Murphy was dressed up for the festive season as she was set to meet her Canada-based uncle Mick for the first time.

And Emma Hurley was returning from Australia to see her niece Aine for the first time.

There were tears and cheers in the airport yesterday after Martin Mulroe popped the question to his girlfriend of three years Louise Mooney.

Unbeknownst to Louise, Martin had actually flown in hours beforehand to prepare to pop the question.

He enlisted the help of Dublin Airport staff with the surprise, who were waiting in the wings with flowers and balloons.

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