Tears of joy as boyfriend proposes in Arrivals hall
It was the best possible Christmas present.
Having just completed her Christmas exams, Louise Mooney rushed to Dublin Airport to collect her boyfriend Martin Mulroe who was returning from Australia.
When Louise set her eyes on her other half, he dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife.
A shocked Louise said "yes" and a big cheer went up in Terminal 2.
Unknown to Louise, Martin had flown into Dublin hours beforehand so he could propose with the help of airport staff, who were waiting in the wings with flowers and balloons.
Tears of joy were shed as hundreds of emigrants walked through the arrivals doors at Dublin Airport for Christmas.
Helena Coughlan, from Galway, was waiting with a hug for daughter Jennifer who was arriving from Chicago.
"It's so special," said Helena. "We used to live in New York and my mam and dad would come to meet me. I never realised how much it meant to them when I came home but now I do."
Marlene Escudero was returning from Texas where she had been visiting family to share the news that she and husband James Delehanty are expecting their first child.
The Blanchardstown couple have been married for two years.