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Dublin: 13 °C Friday 19 September, 2014

In pictures: Coming home for Christmas

There were a lot of smiles and happy tears at Dublin Airport today as people were greeted by their families and friends at arrivals.

IT IS EXPECTED that over 600,000 people will pass through Dublin Airport over the next couple of weeks as they head off on a festive holiday or travel home for Christmas.

There were emotional scenes at the airport today with Irish people of every age, living all over the world, returning to spend the holidays with their families and friends who greeted them at arrivals.

In pictures: Coming home for Christmas
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  • "Welcome Home Niamh"

    Niamh Bohan (23) from Cork City is a little embarrassed by her parents Noel and Yvonne after traveling home from Singapore for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Home from Singapore

    Donna Hayes (25) from Cork is greeted by cousin Caoimhe Dulla after traveling home from Singapore for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Happy tears

    Donna Hayes (25), centre, from Cork is greeted by her mother Margaret and cousin Caoimhe Dulla after traveling home from Singapore for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Home from Toronto

    Cila Mooney is welcomed by her mother Lilly from Galway after traveling home from Toronto for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Festive welcome

    Bernadette Hynes, centre, sees her son Karl and Imelda O'Reilly sees her daughter Colette pass through the arrivals gate together after traveling home from Adelaide for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Family reunion

    Vicky Gaffney from Waterford and has been living in Sydney for a year and a half is welcomed home for Christmas by her mother Breda Gaffney today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Home from Sydney

    Vicky Gaffney from Waterford and has been living in Sydney for a year and a half is welcomed home for Christmas by her mother Breda Gaffney today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Home for Christmas

    Marina Petcova welcomes home James Curtin from Buenos Aires, Argentina, for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • "Welcome Home Phil"

    Philip Guildea is welcomed home for Christmas by his father Stephen, mother Roslyn and sisters Megan (15) and Ali (12) today at Dublin Airport. Philip has been working in Melbourne as a carpenter for two years. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Mother and son

    Philip Guildea is welcomed home for Christmas by his mother Roslyn today at Dublin Airport. Philip has been working in Melbourne as a carpenter for two years. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Hugs

    Christmas Arrivals Dublin Airport. Philip Guildea is welcomed home for Christmas by his 12-year-old sister Ali today at Dublin Airport. Philip has been working in Melbourne as a carpenter for two years. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • "Welcome Home Jenny"

    Jenny Flynn (23) from Navan is greeted by mother Jackie and sister Holly after traveling home from Singapore for Christmas today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
  • Steady on...

    Paul Manning from Ringsend, Dublin is welcomed home for Christmas by Jean Sorohan today at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

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