THE first baby of the New Year was born just five seconds after the clock struck midnight.
Emily’s father Brian said he is "a very proud dad".
"It’s a great thrill to have a healthy baby. She’s really amazing, a lovely little kid. She looks just like her older sister Michelle, who is three and a half," he told the Irish Independent.
Brian and Monica were "shocked" to discover that Emily was the first baby of the New Year.
"Our main focus was pain management. We just dismissed the whole idea of time. We just wanted to have a safe delivery and a healthy baby."
Emily was due more than two weeks ago on December 17 and is the couple’s third baby.
She was born naturally and weighs 8lbs 1oz.
The second baby of 2014 was born just a few seconds later at Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin.
Eloise Browne was born just 20 seconds after midnight to parents Owen and Eugenia Lomax-Browne from Firhouse, Co Dublin.
She weighed in at 6lbs 5oz and was born by C-section.
At 14 minutes into the New Year, Aiying Chen gave birth to her third baby in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.
She is originally from China, and has yet to pick a name for her new baby boy.
Dozens of babies were born at hospitals all around the country in the first few hours of 2014.
In Galway, the first baby was born at 18 minutes past midnight.
Aissatou Bah gave birth to her second baby at Galway University Hospital. The little girl, who has yet to be given a name, weighed 8lbs.
Baby Dylan was born two minutes before 2.00am at Cork University Maternity Hospital to mother and father Lorna and David Cotter from Castlemartyr.
Dylan is the couple’s first baby and weighed 8lbs 4oz.
He was one of eight babies delivered at the hospital yesterday morning.
Two more babies were delivered at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Denise Canavagh from Carrick-on-Suir had her second child at 4.15am, while Amanda Cashin from Thurles gave birth to her first baby boy at 5.29am.
Both mothers are still deciding on names for their new deliveries.
By Brian Byrne