80,000 fly out to the sun or snow
As many as 80,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport yesterday, with many taking the opportunity to jet off for some post-Christmas sun or skiing.
Those flying out are on top of the 25,000 holidaymakers who spent Christmas on the beach - with travel agent Click and Go reporting a 50pc increase in bookings.
"The majority of our passengers will be travelling to winter sun and ski destinations, with parents availing of the opportunity to squeeze in a family break while their children are on their school holidays," said Dublin Airport Authority spokeswoman Audrey O'Hagan.
She said the 80,000 travelling was "the equivalent to a sold-out All Ireland final at Croke Park".
Lanzarote was the most popular foreign destination this Christmas. The island in the Canaries could have become an unofficial 33rd Irish county judging by the extent of its yuletide popularity with Irish families.
So popular are the Canaries with the Irish that two of their other islands, Fuerteventura and Tenerife, are also among their top five Christmas sun destinations.
The Algarve in Portugal and the Costa del Sol in Spain complete the list.