Tears as Dublin Airport unveils Christmas tree Irish abroad won't see this year

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In an ordinary year Dublin Airport would be gearing up for one of its busiest periods as thousands of Irish abroad return to visit family for Christmas.

The north Dublin hub would be a hive of activity and the scene of many an emotional reunion as the returning diaspora hug loved ones beside the tree in arrivals.

But as we all know, this is no ordinary year with COVID-19 preventing ex-pats from travelling to see family and friends for the festive season.

That hasn’t stopped airport bosses from getting into the Christmas spirit as they unveiled their beautiful tree this morning.

And it prompted quite a reaction with some saying they had tears in their eyes knowing they won’t make their traditional trip to reunite with love ones this year.

Sharing a picture of the stunning tree on social media, Dublin Airport said: “And just like that it’s December. Good morning.”

Heartbroken travellers shared their sadness at not being able to see the tree this year but vowed to return next year.

One woman wrote: “First time in years won’t be coming through those doors bursting into tears at the emotion of the Carol singers and welcome. See you in January.”

Another added: “I have tears in my eye’s knowing that I won’t get to see your lovely Christmas decorations and loved ones arriving home this year.

“For me, it’s the magic of Christmas waiting in the arrivals hall.”

A third woman wrote: “Sad not to see this tree this Christmas as I won’t be visiting due to Covid.”

Former ex-pats who have returned to live in Ireland also shared fond memories of their Christmas trips home.

One woman said: “I used to get so emotional coming home for Christmas and seeing the gorgeous decorations in Dublin Airport and the warm welcome.

“Now we’re here for good but still so lovely to see! Happy Christmas all at Dublin Airport. Hope you have a restful time with your families.”

Hopes have been raised that people will soon be able to travel again with Ireland’s plan for the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine set to be presented to the Government by the end of next week.

The High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 held its second meeting yesterday, chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly revealed the vaccine rollout could begin early next year.

He said: “Potentially early in the new year we could be looking at things. Brian MacCraith and his team are obviously very quickly putting in place the distribution needed for that.

“I’d say December is unlikely to be honest with you, but quite soon.”

Source: Dublin News