THE golden couple of Irish athletics celebrated the perfect end to a magical 12 months with the birth of a beautiful baby girl.
World champion Rob Heffernan (35) admitted he was "over the moon" with the safe delivery of his new baby daughter after his wife and coach, Marian, had been in labour for almost 25 hours.
The little girl – who weighed in at a healthy 8lbs – was born just after 4pm yesterday in Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH).
The couple still haven't decided on a name for their new arrival but will now take suggestions from Rob's two children, Cathal and Meghan. "It's brilliant ... I am absolutely thrilled. It caps a wonderful year for us all," Rob said.
Marian went into labour on Saturday afternoon as Rob was about to start a gruelling training session. The couple rushed to CUMH and, unlike her speedy dad, the little girl was in no rush to be delivered. At one point, Rob joked via Twitter that he was now ready for an epidural.
"I have a new baby daughter and I am so proud of my wife Marian and the staff at CUMH," he said.