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McCanns on first trip here without Maddie

GERRY and Kate McCann have made their first holiday trip to Ireland without their missing daughter Madeleine.

The couple and their twins Sean and Amelie have been enjoying a family break in Dungloe, Co Donegal.

The family last travelled to the county at Easter in 2007. Three weeks later, Maddie went missing from an apartment while on holidays in Portugal.

Gerry McCann's father John was from the village of St Johnston, where the family owned a pub.

Maddie posed for pictures outside the premises during the April 2007 holiday before going to Easter Sunday Mass in Dungloe that year.

Mr McCann also has a large number of relatives in the Dungloe area. The family have rented a cottage and are said to have been overwhelmed by the warm reception they have received.

"People here know Gerry and Kate well and we're just letting him get on with their holiday without any fuss," said one local resident. We're glad they can come here after all they've been through."