It was hugs and happy tears all round at Cork Airport, as hundreds gathered to welcome loved ones home from all over the world.
Ian Costello from Kinsale arrived from Australia to be greeted with a large barrier held up by his family.
Mum Maisie, uncle Paddy, brother Mark and niece Rachel were all decked out in their Christmas finest, looking forward to seeing him for the first time in a year.
"The weather is a bit different to what I left behind in Sydney, but it's great to be home," he said. "I like Australia but it's good to get home to family for a few weeks."
Two-year-old Julia tore through the arrival doors and was swung into the air by Grandad Kevin Cronin from Douglas, who was waiting with wife Mary to welcome their daughter Katherine, her husband Joao Rego and two daughters home. The family live in Holland and clock up plenty of air miles.
"They are so close, it is wonderful," Mary said. "I was over recently and it is so easy now, flying from Cork."
Berna and Pat O'Sullivan and Eleanor Holbrook waited together, dying to see their beloved grandchildren Mia and Dylan, flying home from Dubai with parents Linda and Leonard. Enda Walsh from Crosshaven waited with grandson Liam to greet his mother Clodagh while nearby Maurice Kerins couldn't wait to see daughter Rachel, home from Oman for two weeks.
Brothers Denis and Liam Walsh were so excited to see cousin Kieran Dorgan, who is 'like a big brother to them' according to their mother Siobhán, that they had to leave school early to be at the arrival gate to welcome him back from Dubai.
Jess Madison was one of the few not just home for Christmas. After working in Vietnam for the last five years she arrived home for good, accompanied by New Zealander Julian Barrett.
The Mills family gathered to welcome brother Colin home from Hong Kong. He is in for a busy fortnight, as in addition to Christmas celebrations he is also set to become godfather to niece Aurelia next week.
The happy families were entertained by the choir from Scoil Naomh Fionan, Rennies - one of more than 30 child and adult choirs performing at the airport over the holidays. The Frankfield Gospel Choir will welcome travellers home on Christmas Eve.