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Taste of home: It's mammy's cooking for Donal and family

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Relief: Donal Skehan, Sofie and their children Noah (2) and baby Oliver back home. Photo: Frank McGrath

Relief: Donal Skehan, Sofie and their children Noah (2) and baby Oliver back home. Photo: Frank McGrath

Relief: Donal Skehan, Sofie and their children Noah (2) and baby Oliver back home. Photo: Frank McGrath

As welcome home cuppas go, Donal Skehan's afternoon brew in Dublin was very sweet indeed.

"That was probably the nicest cup of tea I've ever had, it tasted amazing," said the Irish chef and author as he arrived yesterday.

He had spent a tense week trying to get his young family home from Los Angeles as the Covid-19 crisis deepens.

Skehan, his Swedish wife Sofie, and their two children Noah (2) and Oliver (five-months) started their self-isolation in Dublin after flying in from LA via Paris after being in lockdown in their Californian home for the previous 10 days.

They could relax in their new front garden in Dublin yesterday with Noah running off excess energy after his transatlantic flight, racing around picking flowers.

And what does an Irish mammy do when she finally gets her chef son home with his family after a very tense few days scrambling to get on flights?

Well she hands in her speciality - her roast chicken dinner with carrots and spuds - and best of all, the drop-off from afar came with a special bonus as his mum and dad, Liz and Dermot, delivered dinner in the front garden along with the couple's beloved dog, Max, who had arrived into Ireland two days ago from the States.

"It was like no other homecoming we've ever had," said Mr Skehan. "My parents were at the airport wearing masks and gloves."

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