Carlow baby was taken from a UK town last week
English police yesterday confirmed that the baby found at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow town is the same eight-month-old infant who was taken from the house of his legal guardian at 11am last Thursday in the town of Kirby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
Gardai in Carlow are appealing for a couple to contact them after the baby boy, believed to be their son, was left in the porch of the Cathedral at 2.20pm on Friday afternoon.
A person visiting the cathedral heard a couple crying as they left the porch area. The baby had been left in a buggy with a note attached giving the baby's first name and his surname.
Detectives believe the couple may have travelled to Ireland via a UK ferry port either on Thursday evening or Friday morning.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said yesterday: "We are investigating the circumstances in which a baby boy aged eight months was taken from the house of his legal guardian and taken to the Irish Republic."
According to local gardai, the baby has "no obvious connection" with this country and the Carlow location for his abandonment seems to have been chosen at random.
Garda detectives are looking for a white Renault Clio with an English registration number, which was captured by CCTV cameras located in Carlow.
The baby is in very good health and he is now in the care of the HSE.
The child is to be reunited with his legal guardian in the coming days.