Irish mammies - some dressed up to the nines in Christmas gear - were out in force in Dublin Airport this morning.
There were tears and cheers in Dublin Airport this morning, all set to the sounds of local school choir singing Christmas carols, as returning emigrants walked through the arrivals doors at Dublin Airport.
Independent.ie spoke to several 'mammies' (and Dads!) waiting for their loved one to return.
Helena Coughlan, from Galway, was in tears hugging her daughter Jennifer, who had returned home from six months in Chicago.
"I'm just so happy to have her home!"
"It's so special.. 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... I never realised".
"You want to let them go, you want to let them live, to have a great life but it's great to see them come home again".
"We're going to have all the family... sixteen of us around the table!"
Jennifer told Independent.ie that she was "so excited" to be home. "I can't wait to see my little brother.. I hear he's shot up! He's only fifteen but I hear he's taller than Dad now!"
Gerard and Jo Banks told Independent.ie that they were "so excited" to welcome home their son Anthony and his wife Quinn.
The couple had last been in Ireland two years ago for their wedding, and it's Quinn's first time spending Christmas in Ireland.
"It's already off to a good start... and it's only been two minutes!", Quinn said after spotting Anthony's parents in their Christmas jumpers.
The Banks will be returning to the US after Christmas, Anthony said, joking "I wish (we could stay)!"
Mammy Sinead McHale told Independent.ie that she was "fit to burst" waiting for her daughter to walk through the doors.
"We just returned home from the Arab Emirates, my sister just returned from the UK and now we're just waiting for her!" "
The family are scattered around the globe but the distance between mother and daughter has almost been too much for the duo.
Embracing in the aiport, daughter Enya told Independent.ie that she hadn't seen her mother since October. "That's too long for me!", she said through tears. "I have been a long way from home!"
Through her own tears, Sinead added "it's the best Christmas to have her home!"
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