Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

A special Northern Ireland welcome

FLYING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Roisin Monroe (pictured), originally from Ballynahinch, Co. Down who is now resident in the United States of America, brought her children Brandon (12) and Kaeli Ann (9) home from Ohio for Christmas to meet their grandparents for the first time, thanks to the Northern Irelands Tourist Board (NITB) Fly Your Family Home for Christmas campaign. Roisins 18 year-old niece Shannen McCusker entered the competition as a Christmas present for her grandparents who havent seen daughter Roisin in 11 years. The family flew into Belfast City Airport on Sunday and were given a surprise welcome by the Belfast Community Gospel Choir, singing Joy to the World in a Flash Mob style, which was filmed by NITB. Look out for the video from Thursday, December 20, on

This Christmas the Northern Ireland Tourist Board gave the Monroe family from Ohio a very special welcome home. They flew into George Best Belfast City Airport and were reunited with family for the first time in years to enjoy Christmas together in Northern Ireland.

As Roisin, Brandon, and Kaeli-Anne walked through arrivals, they were given a fantastic surprise welcome by Belfast Community Gospel Choir, who, dressed as ordinary bystanders and airline pilots burst into a superb rendition of 'Joy to the World' -- a real show stopping welcome to start off a really special family Christmas in Northern Ireland.

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