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Stag party bedevilled by volcanic ash chaos

A stag party and holidaymakers to Spain and Portugal were among the hundreds left stranded at City of Derry Airport throughout yesterday.

Passengers bound for Alicante, Faro, London and Dublin were all grounded by the freak volcanic cloud from Iceland.

Stag Ryan Miller and his 18-strong party of mates from Strabane and Sion MIlls were among those whose plans were thwarted by the cancellations.

The 24-year-old said: “You think of delays and things but never that in a million years. Someone was saying ’It’s just an act of God’ but it’s more like an act of the devil.”

Alison Kirkpatrick, from Ivy Mead in the Waterside area of Derry, had been due to celebrate her birthday in Faro in Portugal this weekend with partner Darius Buczma and their baby daughter Kaska.

She said: “I had imagined myself sitting by the pool with a cocktail. We will probably reschedule for some other time.”

Hugo McNulty from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, was at the airport waiting for his wife Margaret to arrive on the morning flight from Alicante, and also to wave his son Paul and his family off on the returning flight to the Spanish holiday town.

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He said: “The flight from there to Derry actually boarded and sat on the runway for a while before people were told to come off.

“Everybody here has been trying to sort things out for us.”

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