A FATHER delivered his baby son at the side of the road just minutes after being forced to pull over on the way to hospital.
Castlerea councillor John Murphy is now urging all fathers-to-be to attend ante-natal classes just in case they need to step in during delivery.
Despite discovering the umbilical cord wrapped around his son's neck, the councillor kept his cool and let his ante-natal training kick in. The drama unfolded in the early hours of October 11, after his wife Sarah went into labour at home.
The couple immediately got into their car to drive the 32 miles to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
However, within five miles they realised they would never make the hospital in time and John sprang into action.
Pulling up on the verge of an unlit road, John delivered his baby son Declan nine minutes later.
"I saw that the cord was wrapped around his neck. I just remembered something I'd learned in ante-natal classes and I put my fingers under the cord and pulled it over his head," explained John.
Describing the event as a "once in a lifetime experience" the capable dad insisted he had no wish to repeat the drama.
"We'll be living down in Ballinasloe beside the hospital for two weeks before any future children are born," he joked.