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I never felt so Festive as in the Arrivals lounge of Dublin Airport early in the morning.

December 17, 2015



Last year we had the wife’s parents over to stay for Christmas.  And I volunteered to pick them up from the airport.  I’m a morning person, see, and getting up before the fabled lark to meet them presented few difficulties for them.  Or fewer difficulties.

What I wasn’t expecting was the atmosphere around the Arrivals Lounge itself.  Having arrived too early, I found that I was leaning against the barrier in the company of people who were awaiting the arrival of an earlier flight from Abu Dhabi.  And this coincidence proved quite delightful.  Because the flight from Abu Dhabi was effectively the flight that brought loved ones home from Australia.

Overwhelmingly these were young adult loved ones.  People who had gone out for a year to try their southern hemispheric luck and were now back, for Christmas at least.  As a consequence large extended families were spread all over the…

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