Thursday 21 September 2017

'We will never forget... but Penelope stops us dwelling' - Irish couple who survived Bataclan tragedy welcome baby girl

Katie Healy and David Nolan who survived the Bataclan massacre in Paris
Katie Healy and David Nolan who survived the Bataclan massacre in Paris
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

An Irish couple who survived the Bataclan terrorist attack have announced the birth of their first baby.

Katie Healy and David Nolan were just inches from death when gunmen stormed the Paris venue and opened fire last in November 2015.

David jumped on his partner and protected her while the terrorists walked through the venue shooting innocent victims.

The couple said their goodbyes but incredibly survived the incident.

Now Katie, from Co Louth, has revealed that she has given birth to a baby girl, named Penelope.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the 29-year-old said:  "Love got me and David through that night and Penelope is here because of that love. We will never forget what happened in Paris but Penelope stops us dwelling. Our baby helped us turn a page and has given us a new focus for the future."

The picture Katie posted to mark the couple's engagement
The picture Katie posted to mark the couple's engagement

She continued: "We have to think about her and try to put dark times behind us."

Smitten father David (33) added: "She’s a beautiful, pure, happy outcome from a terrible tragedy. We said after the attack that love would win. Penelope proves love conquers all."

The couple explain that their daughter is six months old but they have decided to speak for the first time since her birth.

In a lengthy interview the couple said their joy was darkened by the recent tragedy at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester where 22 people were killed and 116 were injured.

In total 89 people were shot dead by gunmen at the Bataclan theatre during a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal. Dozens more wee injured.

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