Watch: Emotional scenes at Shannon Airport as families reunite for Christmas - 'There's just nowhere to compare to Ireland'
There were hugs and tears of joy as Ireland’s emigrants returned home to Shannon Airport this morning.
Barry and Catherine Allan returned home from Scotland with their children Hamish (1) and Scarlett (3).
Grandparents Josephine and Tommy Weadick from Ballybunion, Co Kerry were eagerly waiting at Shannon Airport to welcome them home.
“We’re over from Scotland for Christmas. We’re very excited. I can’t wait to see the family,” Catherine told Independent.ie.
“Our plans are to spend time together. Santa knows that this is where he has to deliver the presents this year.
“Rain, thunder, sleet or snow we’ll come home to Ireland for Christmas.”
Vicky Roach (23) was welcomed home from Edinburgh by friends Collette Maloney (23) and Tara Dobson (23) from Co Limerick.
“I just came home from Edinburgh. I’ve been over there for three months and I came home for Christmas. I’m delighted to see everyone,” said Vicky who works for a UK IT company and is doing a Master degree in business.
Collette recently returned home from Australia for Christmas.
“I’ve been in Australia for the last year. I missed last Christmas and it was so different in Australia because of the weather. You can’t beat Christmas in Ireland. You can’t beat your mother’s cooking.
“It doesn’t even feel Christmas-y. The atmosphere isn’t the same even though they have decorations, it’s not as good.
“I was in Brisbane so we gathered together and tried to make Christmas dinner but it wasn’t the same.
“I missed my family and friends but not the weather.”
Mary Cahill from Co Clare burst into tears at welcoming her daughter Sarah home for Christmas.
“I can’t wait to meet up with family, friends and have a few drinks,” Sarah told Independent.ie.
Mary said it was “fantastic” to have Sarah home after she spent six months in the UK.
“It’s fantastic to have her home. I knew she would come home because I did the mom-guilt thing to make sure she comes back. I’m looking forward to relaxing in our pjs and slippers.”