I am Irish, but I live in the Netherlands, and I had an unfortunate reason to get home in April. Not only to get home, but I needed to get home ASAP.
I flew from Amsterdam to Dublin with Aer Lingus. I had tried to fly Ryanair, but I couldn't get a flight for the same day.
Without explaining to AerLingus why I need to get home I got a flight for 1pm. We were travelling with our your daughter (she was 13 months at the time). Despite the fact that I bookd the flights at the very last minute the costs were not extortionate, especially consdering that Aer Lingus is NOT a budget airline (cost for 2 adults and one infant was 250 euro this included taxes).
When we checked in the girl who checked us in, in Amsterdam actually put an extra seat between my husband and I so we had a seat inflight for our daughter. The inflight staff had boxes and containers that they gave her to play with, and anyone who has children knows that young children love boxes above all else.
Usually on short haul flights you don't always get huge amounts of leg room, but that is not an issue on Aer Lingus. To be fair, I am not the tallest person on the planet, so leg room is not much of an issue for me, however my husband is 6 foot, and he was much more relaxed on this particular flight than he would have been on a budget flight.
Booking a flight online is simple, and their site is easy to navigate, they fly to a huge amount of european locations, but they also fly inter-continental, from the US to Ireland.
To be rewarded for flying with Aer Lingus you do need to be a frequent or first class flyer, so that does limit it's range.
If you are looking to trave to Ireland or to travel from Ireland, and you want a reasonable price tag, with good communication and top class customer service, Aerlingus Should be the airline for you!