Best surprise ever? Aer Lingus reunites five Irish families for Christmas
Published 23/12/2015 | 12:53
Aer Lingus has given five Irish people a jaw-dropping Christmas present - a free flight home for the holiday season.
The airline has posted a video on social media that shows the journeys of the five ex-pats as they travel home for Christmas.
Emotive music, speechless mammies and teary reunions ensue in a festive tearjerker with real heart... despite the obvious advertising value.
Watch the video here:
"Taking to social media, we quietly sought out five families for a very festive homecoming," the airline explains on its YouTube page.
Using handheld cameras, with much of the video shot by the passengers themselves, the piece captures the Christmas spirit wonderfully.
"From Chicago, we brought Nigel and his family home, so that his mother didn’t have to spend Christmas on her own," Aer Lingus says.
Another passenger, Niamh Callanan, was flown home from Boston for the first time in 14 years with her daughter, Saoirse.
"I have been waiting to say this all week," Callanan posted on the airline's Facebook page. "It has been a whirlwind but absolutely amazing from beginning to end."
"From New York, we brought Clare home to her family in Cork, while Tomás flew from Toronto to be reunited with his family in Galway," the airline added.
A fifth passenger, Fintan, was flown home from New York "to give his mother a truly special Christmas surprise".
Aer Lingus has been bringing people home for Christmas since 1936, it says, and this year, it wanted to make the holiday season extra special.
Last word to the overwhelmed family of Niamh and Saoirse:
"Jesus Christ Almighty!"