Emotional scenes in Dublin Airport as little Dolly (four months) meets her family for the first time
There were emotional scenes at Dublin Airport as four-month-old Dolly Brady Schenckto met her uncle and aunt for the first time this morning.
She travelled all the way from New York with her parents Nell Brady-Schenck and Ted Schenck to meet her family for the first time this Christmas.
Dolly was prepared for the weather as she was clad in a little strawberry hat.
She was enamoured with her uncle Cormac who had travelled from Newbridge to be there this morning.
Cormac told Independent.ie, “I’ve been so excited for the past few months – there she is, holding my finger.”
Dolly was full of smiles and refused to let go of her uncle’s finger as the family embraced.
They plan to “hang out, eat and drink and have the craic over Christmas”, according to Cormac’s girlfriend, Aoife Byrne.
Another person returning from the United States was Eirin Cordoba who flew in from Texas to be with his parents, Cora and Alfonso for Christmas.
He was visibly delighted to be home and told Independent.ie, “It’s surreal – when you fly over and the clouds break and you see that green – there’s literally no place like it on earth”.
He walked into the arrival lounge with a trolley packed with large bags, which he said contained toys for underprivileged children.
His mother Cora Cordoba explained that, “We’ve been doing it for 30 years. We all have to do our part to help those less fortunate”.
Also spotted in Terminal Two this morning was an Elf.
Carol Gavin was wearing her best Christmas costume and had prepared large sign to welcome her daughter Kerrie home from Melbourne.
Kerrie was delighted to be home and confirmed to Independent.ie that she would be heading back to Melbourne in two weeks time – but her family won’t have to wait too long to see her again.
“I’ll be back in June for my brother’s wedding and then I’m heading off to Canada,” Kerrie added.
David Gavin, her brother, was overjoyed to see his sister saying a catch up “is well overdue.”
There were also tears of joy in the airport as a family were reunited for the first time in five and a half years.
Taram Davis, originally from New Zealand and his Irish girlfriend Sinead Bermingham welcomed Taram’s parents – Grant and Anna over for Christmas.
Grant and Anna Davis endured 39 hours worth of flights to get to London, before making their way to Dublin this morning.
Grant was delighted to see his son, he told Independent.ie, “It’s absolutely been worth the wait.”
Meanwhile, Joe Harrington from Sandymount welcomed his only daughter Naomi home for Christmas with a bunch of flowers.
The pair embraced as she arrived in from New York and Joe told Independent.ie that he has a few days of fun planned for his only child.
“We’ll be spending three days in the Westbury in Dublin, before heading over to Edinburgh for Hogmanay,” Joe told Independent.ie.