Irish-Australian toddler is perfect surprise for family back home
An Irish grandad was given a great surprise when his little granddaughter surprised him at Shannon Airport having flown all the way from Australia.
Abbey Devitt is just four years old, but travelled for 32 hours to see her family and give them the most wonderful surprise.
The warming moment was filmed and has evoked feelings of nostalgia for thousands of Irish emigrants and their families back home.
She was being accompanied by her aunt, who has also moved to Australia.
Abbey’s mum and dad, Marie and Keith, emigrated to Australia eight years ago, and were recently joined by Abbey’s auntie Naomi.
Naomi and Abbey were waved off by Marie and Keith, and baby Alex, from Brisbane Airport for their flight back to Ireland where they were greeted by Grandad John, Nana Noreen, great-granny May and her other Granddad Seamus.
Marie said: “No one knew she was coming home. Unfortunately it is just too costly for all of us as a family to go home so we decided to just send her and all of our family will get to spend good quality time with her. She is their only granddaughter. Abbey was born in Australia. It is extremely difficult living so far away from all of our family especially when my kids are their only grandchildren.”
The emotional meeting was filmed and posted online. Take a look for yourself.