Student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu arriving at Dublin Airport from Ukraine

Student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu has said she is “really happy” to have finally arrived home in Ireland after fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

he was 19 years old flew in Dublin Airport last night and was finally reunited with family.

“Really overwhelmed but really happy, it’s nice to be home. It’s been way too long and obviously being in that situation is scary, and I don’t know when I’ll be home so I’m really happy to be back with everyone again,” she told RTÉ.

“It has been a very nervous journey, we have a lot of really bad roads, a lot of things going wrong along the way, but we remain optimistic and we know that once we leave Sumy , we’re going straight home, we just know we have to go a little further and we’ll be back home soon. ”

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The medical student was rescued on Monday, along with her Nigerian friends Roycee Iloielunachi and Anolajuwon Solarin, by two Scottish gardeners, who carried them out of the city.

The students had been trapped in the university city of Sumy since the invasion began 16 days ago.

“I think there was a bombing two days after we left so it’s good that we got out,” she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Ms Diyaolu said she was able to stay calm to update her family back home on her wellbeing.

“I think for my family, I want to get back to them and I don’t want them to worry about me when I’m away, the calls home are important and it’s really important for me to stay calm. and let them know that I. was fine and I’m going home to them at some point and here we are,” she said.

Diyaolu said she knew she was in safe hands when she caught a glimpse of the Romanian border.

“It’s a bit bizarre because we’ve been on the road for so long, it feels like the end will never come, we’ve been traveling for so long but seeing the Romanian border means I’m home. safe. It’s a really good feeling,” she said.

Joe McCarthy (55) and Gary Taylor (45), who run the Ready2Rock landscape in Falkirk, volunteered to take students out of Sumy and have posted the updated video on their TikTok page.

Along with rescuing Mrs. Diyaolu and her two friends, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Taylor rescued a mother, son and an elderly couple.

“It was nice to see some of the English speakers making a change, and they were always ready to laugh and take care of us if we needed anything. I don’t know what I would do without them honestly, they are God sent,” she said.

Ms Diyaolu said she felt reassured to be able to continue her education in Ireland as Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said students forced to flee the war would be helped to find places. study at Irish colleges.

“I know myself that going to another country, I don’t know how it will come down to my family,” she said.

Her mother said she was relieved to see her daughter home safely, Yemmy Diayolu said: “Thank God I’m glad she’s alive so that’s the main thing.”

Racheal Taiwo Diyaolu’s father said his daughter’s resilience helped her return home safely.

“I’m proud of her, the things she’s created are she’s so resilient, so peaceful and so positive, that’s what has seen her overcome, I’m so happy for her. is back,” he said. Student Carlow Racheal Diyaolu arriving at Dublin Airport from Ukraine

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