The emotional moment an Irish granddad was reunited with his only granddaughter who lives on the other side of the world was captured in a heart-warming video filmed in Shannon Airport.
Abbey Devitt (4) travelled from Brisbane, Australia with her auntie to spend three weeks with her family in Co. Clare and surprised her Granddad John Reynolds who did not expect to see her.
Abbey’s mum and dad Marie and Keith Devitt and her baby brother Alex (11 months) waved the four-year-old off at Brisbane Airport, and she travelled more than 32 hours for the surprise reunion.
The video shows Abbey surprising a number of her family members including her auntie Naomi, Nana Noreen, great-granny May and her other granddad Seamus.
Abbey’s mum Marie said: “No one knew she was coming home. Unfortunately it is just too costly for all of us as a family to go home so we decided to just send her and all of our family will get to spend good quality time with her. She is their only granddaughter. Abbey was born in Australia. It is extremely difficult living so far away from all of our family especially when my kids are their only grand children,” she said.
The couple emigrated to Australia eight years ago and were followed in recent years by Marie’s sister Charlene, who accompanied Abbey on the trip.
Abbey’s auntie Charlene said: “I think what makes it special is nobody expected her to come. Abbey is starting school January so it will be a long time before they will be visiting Ireland again,” she said.