TV3 are full of Christmas cheer this year as the station headed to Dublin Airport, Haulbowline in Cork and surprise locations to capture the moments when family and friends are reunited with their loved ones who have been living abroad.
This Christmas special entitled ‘Coming Home for Christmas’ may get the tears flowing as presenter Andrea Hayes meets the families in the run up to the arrival of their loved ones.
One of the tales told includes Robert McDonnell’s story, who hasn’t been home to Ireland to see his family for nine and a half years. This year it will be a special Christmas as he brings with him his wife, Jina and three children, Finn 16, Poppy 13 and Scarlet 8, from New Zealand. With lots of family having never met before, there is lots of catching up to do. Robert will be reunited with his family at Dublin Airport.
For the first time in nine years, Rosaleen Carrick can’t wait to spend Christmas with all four of her sons together in Ireland. Three of her sons are currently living abroad with no plans to move home anytime soon. David and Michael are living in Australia, meanwhile, Paddy, is living in Canada. There’s a big surprise in store too as youngest brother Sean has no idea that Paddy is coming home for Christmas also.
Cork native, David, is 16 years with the navy. The average length of his time away from his family is between 5 and 6 weeks. On this tour David has been away for 12 weeks; it’s the longest he has been separated from his wife Gillian and daughters. In an emotionally charged homecoming, David and the L.É. Samuel Beckett will be met by Gillian and his daughters with their home-made banners and posters.
With a few heart-warming surprises in store, tune in to share the moments that make Coming Home for Christmas such compelling Christmas viewing.
‘Coming Home for Christmas’ airs tomorrow, Thursday December 24th at 9pm on TV3.