Supermac’s Family Restaurants brought an end to their captivating ‘Bring Them Home’ campaign on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show last week. Four families, who entered the nationwide competition to have their overseas relatives and friends flown home for Christmas, were stunned and delighted to be reunited with their loved ones in an emotional and surprising live reveal. Supermac’s have flown 23 people home from around the world to enjoy the festive season with their loved ones, reuniting 12 families throughout the country.
One of those reunited was Sinead Kennedy from Cashel, along with her husband Séan and one year old daughter Mia, who were received by her ecstatic family. They couldn’t believe they were getting to meet their little grand daughter and niece for the first time. Sinead, who gave birth to Mia in Perth where they currently reside, has herself not met her own two year old niece Ava, something she’s very much looking forward to doing during her time at home. Her time in Australia is spent working, studying and taking care of Mia without the support of her family. Sinead’s difficult decision to move was made four years ago when she couldn’t get work in Ireland.
Over the past five weeks, listeners to Tubridy on RTÉ 2fm have heard countless heartbreaking stories of emigration from entrants desperate to be with those closest to them at Christmas, only to find that Supermac’s was making that dream a reality for them. With eight families reunited on the show, both Supermac’s and Tubridy have been receiving excellent feedback throughout the campaign. Between the radio show and the Late Late Show, Supermac’s have brought home people from as far away as Perth, New York, Queensland, Chicago, Toronto and Melbourne.
On the show Ryan Tubridy heard how desperately four families missed their loved ones and the milestones they were missing while living away. The stories were numerous, including Tessie O’Meara’s tale of not yet having met her one year old grand daughter and Jacinta Dooley’s telling of how she has been crying all week at the thought of not seeing her husband this Christmas who left for Australia this year to find work.