Emotional scenes in arrivals lounge as Dublin Airport has busiest day of season
Dublin Airport experienced its busiest day of the Christmas season today, as Irish emigrants return home to spend Christmas with their families.
Live music played in the arrivals lounge, as people dressed as reindeer, Santa and elves patiently awaited for loved ones to come through the doors.
The day was especially poignant for Grandad Pat Nolan from Kilkenny. who will spend Christmas with his son Rex for the first time in 22 years. However, it is the first time he will actually celebrate Christmas in any form after his wife passed away almost three years ago.
"I'm emotional. They've been here several times, but not for Christmas," he said.
"He [Rex] is as hard as nails. He'll probably say 'yes Dad, come on'. There's all sorts of mixed emotions."
Phyllis Wong from Castleknock was waiting for her son James, his wife Tammy and their three children, who all live in California. It's the first time their extended family will get together in Ireland for Christmas.
"We're all together so it's going to be really great. They love Ireland and particularly enjoy the Phoenix Park. It's such a lovely place," she said.
There was also an emotional reunion between Terri and Terri Hackney. Ms Hackney's daughter lives in Perth, but will be spending Christmas with the family in Laois.
"She's my only daughter. It's so hard having her live so far away," she said.