Emotions ran high at Dublin Airport today as the travel ban to United States lifted allowing families to be reunited.

There were queues at the check-in for US bound flights, something that has not been seen in a long time.

Both excited and nervous, Elaine Caldwell arrived four hours before her flight was due to depart for New York.

Her voice breaking with emotion, Ms Caldwell said she was going to see her son, daughter-in-law and new granddaughter.

"She's a year old at the beginning of December. It's very emotional," she said.

Ms Caldwell's son has been living in Albany for 12 years and, before Covid, she travelled to see him two or three times a year.

Elaine Caldwell in Dublin Airport

She has not been there in two years and did not sleep last night with the excitement of seeing her grandchildren Mary Ellen and Sean Thomas, who turns four in January.

"I'll be there for Thanksgiving and Mary Ellen's birthday, so it's very exciting," she said

Maura Tully was fighting back tears describing her excitement at being reunited with her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.

"Absolutely over the moon, just to be able to go freely again," she said.

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She is travelling to Westchester County for the first time since 2018.

"Normally I'd bring some of my other grandchildren with me. This trip I'm making on own because of the circumstances we're living through. It's hard enough to be responsible for myself," she added.

"It's a big day for us. They're looking forward to me arriving."

Ian Howard travelled to Boston from Dublin Airport

Ian Howard was travelling to Boston for work.

"It's fantastic, a great occasion and I'm really looking forward to meeting my colleagues in the flesh for the first time in months," he said.