Tears of joy as Wild Geese make their return

The great Christmas migration is in full flight as hundreds of thousands move into, out of, and across the country.

For the first time in three years the spectre of hazardous winter weather appears to be absent but driving conditions will remain difficult with fog, strong winds, and some icy patches predicted over the weekend.

The airports remained open yesterday as the busiest period of the year took hold.

Before normality resumes on Jan 2, 620,000 people are expected to pass through Dublin Airport.

This will peak tomorrow and again on Dec 30, when visitors begin to return home.

Cork Airport is preparing for 65,000 passengers over the same period.

For people returning home from London yesterday, there were complications getting to and from the city’s busiest airport with the suspension of Heathrow Express trains.

In terms of movement across the country, Irish Rail has said there will be 400,000 people boarding its trains during the period.

It has urged those who intend to travel over Christmas and the new year to check schedules in advance. This is because different timetables will be in operation and there will be no trains running on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.

Services will also stop earlier than usual on Christmas Eve.

There is a limited service available on Bus Éireann on St Stephen’s Day.

AA Roadwatch was expecting yesterday to be the busiest day on the road network, as many offices began their seasonal break. It has advised drivers to slow down and exercise caution.


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