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2020 Irish Homecoming Video Throwback – The Best Surprise Visits Back Home

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The blog is nearly 7 years old this year! It is hard to believe. I was going through my old posts today and got lost watching the old homecoming videos. 

You may or may not remember but back around 2014 – 2016 we all went through this phase of surprising loved ones back in Ireland. 

There were tears, laughter and long haul flights. Even I had the joy of surprising my parents back in Cork at one stage. Being so far away from Ireland makes these trips home harder and harder to do every year. 

Warning these videos do contain a lot of emotion and will likely make your start to 2020 an emotional day. 

Before I get to these videos I have created some great resources should you be heading back to Ireland for good: 

Facebook group for Irish ex-pats returning to Ireland

What to do when leaving Australia forever

Claiming your super back when leaving Australia

Guide to shipping from Australia to Ireland

Shipping tips from Australia – Cars, Tools etc.

Realisations you will have when returning to Ireland

Okay, let’s get to those emotional videos you came here to watch! These are in no particular order but are by the most visited and watched on the blog: 

Niall’s Surprise Homecoming: 

Over 2 million views on this video alone. My big brother John, his fiancee Claire and their 11-week old son (my nephew) Niall came home from Australia a week early to surprise my parents (Niall is their first grandchild). 

The Irish son who swam across Australia to see his Mam: 

Stephen had told his mammy that he wouldn’t be able to make it home in time for a family wedding via a YouTube video and in it, he says: “Unfortunately I won’t make it home for the wedding, but if I start swimming now maybe I’ll get there on time”.


Leah surprising her Mom on her 40th Birthday:

Leah Louise King, from Bray, decided to create the perfect birthday surprise for her Mom, Melanie.

Currently living in Sydney, Australia after graduating from college, Leah couldn’t make it to her mam’s 40th birthday party so decided to create a video to apologise and wish her the happiest of birthdays. Warning emotional one!


Irish lads post themselves to Ireland:

Brothers Jay and Paul O’Callaghan wanted to do something really special for their mother’s 60th birthday, so they came up with a cunning plan.


Double Surprise homecoming at Dublin Airport:

Carmel O’Connor, a native of West Limerick, travelled from Brisbane, Australia, to spend Christmas with her family for the first time in four years. Excited with Carmel’s homecoming, her family gathered as a group along with the band Draíoct at Dublin Airport and organised a homecoming surprise for the 26- year-old. 


I hope you have enjoyed looking back at these Irish homecoming videos. 

I hope you have an amazing 2020 and if you are heading back to Ireland safe travels and thanks for stopping by! 


Stephen Palmer 

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