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#HomeToVote: Irish abroad travel home from around the world to vote in gay marriage referendum

By Claire Cromie

Irish citizens around the world are travelling home to vote in today's referendum, in hope of legalising gay marriage.

The hashtag #HomeToVote has been top trending news on both Twitter and Facebook, as social media is flooded with photographs of 'Yes' voters making the journey to the Republic of Ireland.

If the referendum succeeds, Ireland would become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

60,000 expats - who left the country less than 18 months ago - make up the 3 million people eligible to vote.

But they need to turn up in person at a polling station.

So the Irish diaspora have crowded out Ireland's airports and stations on their way home to make their voices heard.

Many got up at the crack of dawn to make their journey, travelling on planes, trains, boats and buses.

They came from all over Europe and across the world, as far as Bangkok and Australia - of course via an airport bar or two.

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