From Our Seat To Yours #TeachtAbhaile

We’ve been flying people home for Christmas for the past 80 years, so we know how much it means to land back on Irish soil at this time of year.

We also know the magic of being reunited with family – so this year we wanted to do something really special. Earlier this week, we surprised three families by flying their loved ones home to Ireland – just in time for Christmas.

Here are their stories…



Brendan Donohoe

Aer Lingus Christmas

Brendan aged 33 is originally from Lusk, County Dublin but has been living in New York for the last 10 years. He is the youngest of five children and has lots of nieces and nephews. Living away from Ireland he dearly misses his parents Seamus and Mary Donohue and the entire family. His dad Seamus battled cancer for years and thankfully now has the all clear – but until now Brendan hasn’t been able to celebrate the good news with his family in Ireland. To have been given the chance to fly this Christmas thanks to Aer Lingus means everything to him.



James Lambert

Aer Lingus Christmas

James aged 24 from Dundalk, County Louth is the eldest in the family and has two sisters and a little brother. His family are certainly very lively and huge animal lovers – his sister manages to put together an animal Christmas, with live animals including dogs, cats, a rabbit an even a tortoise. He has been living abroad for almost four years in New York and couldn’t wait to get back again for the animal Christmas!



Tracey Donegan

Aer Lingus Christmas

Tracey aged 40 is originally from Glasnevin in Dublin but has been living in San Francisco with her husband and two boys aged 6 and 13.
While Tracey was home this year to see her family, neither her kids nor he husband have been back since they left over three years ago.

The Donegans are self employed and they haven’t been able to take a family holiday since they relocated. Tracey would love nothing more than to get her husband home to see his father who recently had major heart surgery. Coming home this Christmas means the world to them and she’s predicting lots of tears at their homecoming!

The Soundtrack – Tim Chadwick

The emotive song featured on the video is by Dublin native singer-songwriter Tim Chadwick. After seeing a recent performance of his song ‘Belong’, we knew it was the perfect choice for this year’s short film which focuses strongly on the theme of home and family.

The track is available to listen or buy here:
Happy Christmas from all of us at Aer Lingus.