“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs over the years.
We’ve had the bad times and the good times.
It’s always been a dream come true,” said Michelle O’Neill, 43, as they walked along the Dublin coastline.
“I’m always in a good mood and I know we’re all happy.
We’ll be the happiest family ever.”
Ms O’Neills family have lived in the US since 2004, when their business, the O’Connor family, opened a new shop in New York.
They were welcomed with open arms by a large group of people from around the world who had gathered to celebrate the Irish arrival.
They said their first day back to Ireland, they were greeted by a “wonderful welcome”.
“We’re here with a whole new family,” Ms O’Neil said.
“I was so happy.
I could barely breathe, we were so happy to be here,” she said.
They had planned to fly back to the US on Christmas Eve, but the wait was nearly eight months long.
“We were very nervous, we didn’t know what to expect, but we just knew we were going to be happy,” Ms Smith said.
Topics:immigration,united-states,family-and-children,united states-elections,european-union,united nations,dublin-belfast-2520First posted October 11, 2019 07:18:33Contact Katie O’SullivanMore stories from Northern Ireland