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22 Dec 2014   Brian White, from The Naul, Dublin, is greeted by his mother Bridget as he arrives home for Christmas. Dublin Airport T2, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

22 Dec 2014 Brian White, from The Naul, Dublin, is greeted by his mother Bridget as he arrives home for Christmas. Dublin Airport T2, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

(L to r) Emma Mooney with her daughter Abbie Connolly 7 months & Amanda Kielthy with her daughter Aine mooney 6 months all from Kildare wait on their aunt Anne Kelleher from Virginia during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin

(L to r) Emma Mooney with her daughter Abbie Connolly 7 months & Amanda Kielthy with her daughter Aine mooney 6 months all from Kildare wait on their aunt Anne Kelleher from Virginia during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin

Linda O'Rourke from Washington is greeted by her niece Ruby Clarke (3) from Swords during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Linda O'Rourke from Washington is greeted by her niece Ruby Clarke (3) from Swords during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stephen Hayes back from Zambia is greeted by his children Harry (5) & Annabelle (8) Hayes all from Rathdowney, Laois during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stephen Hayes back from Zambia is greeted by his children Harry (5) & Annabelle (8) Hayes all from Rathdowney, Laois during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

(L to r) Kellie Davis is kissed by her mother & father Gerry & Catherine Davis from Clondalkin during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

(L to r) Kellie Davis is kissed by her mother & father Gerry & Catherine Davis from Clondalkin during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Members of the O'Donnell family Ann 3, Banbha 5 & Ainle 8 all from whitehall hug their father Kevin O' Donnell who returned from San Francisco during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin

Members of the O'Donnell family Ann 3, Banbha 5 & Ainle 8 all from whitehall hug their father Kevin O' Donnell who returned from San Francisco during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin

Bridie Howley from Foxford dressed as Santa greets her son Trevor Howley who returned from Australia during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bridie Howley from Foxford dressed as Santa greets her son Trevor Howley who returned from Australia during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

(L to R) Julian McDonnell from Bray Leo McDonnell & his daughter Sinead McDonnell 12 both from Auckland New Zealand, Sid McDonnell Bray during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Leo hadn't been home for Christmas since 1991 & was greeted by his brothers Julian & Sid at Dublin Airport

(L to R) Julian McDonnell from Bray Leo McDonnell & his daughter Sinead McDonnell 12 both from Auckland New Zealand, Sid McDonnell Bray during homecoming scenes at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Leo hadn't been home for Christmas since 1991 & was greeted by his brothers Julian & Sid at Dublin Airport

22 Dec 2014   Aoife McPhillips, 2nd from right, and son Max, 23 months, greeted by her mother Mairead, sister Dalva, and her daughter Nina, 2, arrive home for Christmas from Melbourne. Dublin Airport T2, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

22 Dec 2014 Aoife McPhillips, 2nd from right, and son Max, 23 months, greeted by her mother Mairead, sister Dalva, and her daughter Nina, 2, arrive home for Christmas from Melbourne. Dublin Airport T2, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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22 Dec 2014 Brian White, from The Naul, Dublin, is greeted by his mother Bridget as he arrives home for Christmas. Dublin Airport T2, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Joyful greetings and intense hugs turned the arrivals area at Dublin Airport into a continuous carnival of family delight yesterday.

Returning emigrants walked into warm embraces as families reunited for Christmas.

Mary Brown (47), from Churchtown, Dublin, flew in from New Zealand. She had not been home for Christmas in Ireland for 17 years.

Her sister, Susan Lew, from Rathfarnham, was waiting to hug her and her Kiwi husband Andrew and children Nick (17), Robbie (15) and Amy (12).

Brian White (25), from Dermots- town, Naul, Co Dublin, arrived from Melbourne with his girlfriend Aoife Smith from Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. The couple spent almost two years in Australia but they are back for good.

"I've been waiting for this moment since he went away," Brian's mother Bridget said. "It's bitter-sweet. My son Paul is staying in Melbourne."

Aoife McPhillips (34), from Sandy-ford, Dublin, arrived from the warmer climes of Melbourne with her toddler son Max and said she appreciated the festive cold.

"It'll be great to wear a coat again at Christmas," she said.

Suzie Gleeson (27), from Celbridge, a pharmacy student in Aberdeen, said she was listening on the flight to Home by Ryan Sheridan and found herself crying.

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