Wednesday 28 September 2016

Not a minute to waste for first Irish babies of 2016

Ireland's first New Year baby arrives 11 seconds after midnight in Limerick

Jane O'Faherty, Patricia Murphy and David Raleigh

Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30

Mark Gibbons with partner Jennifer O’Neill and baby Kieran Patrick Gibbons. Picture: Credit Brian Gavin
Mark Gibbons with partner Jennifer O’Neill and baby Kieran Patrick Gibbons. Picture: Credit Brian Gavin
Prof Fergal Malone of the Rotunda congratulates Leanne Byrne from Blanchardstown on the birth of her baby boy Zac. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Sarah and Colin O’Grady with their first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Greta Doncova and Adonias Miranda with Gabriela Miranda who was the first baby born at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin.. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
Emer Higgins with her baby boy Conor who was born at Mayo General Hospital. Photo: Conor McKeown
Michelle and Kehinde Adeoye hold their daughter Hannah. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
Baby Mikolaj Smeda with his dad Jakub, and CUH staff members. Picture: Provision

Ireland's first baby of 2016 arrived just seconds after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day.

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Little Kieran Patrick Gibbons was welcomed at University Maternity Hospital, Limerick 11 seconds after midnight.

Both mother and son are happy and healthy, with baby Kieran weighing 8lbs and 3oz.

His proud mother Jennifer O'Neill told the Irish Independent: "It's fantastic. We're absolutely delighted with him.

"He was due on the first of the first and he arrived just on time. It's been a fantastic way to start the New Year."

Ms O'Neill, who is a practising pharmacy technician at Robert's Pharmacy on O'Connell Street, Limerick added that the labour lasted almost 48 hours.

Sarah OGrady from Corofin, Co. Galway with her first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on New Years Day.
Picture: Hany Marzouk
Sarah OGrady from Corofin, Co. Galway with her first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on New Years Day. Picture: Hany Marzouk
On his first day as Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Prof Fergal Malone congratulates Leanee Byrne from Blanchardstown (pictured) on the birth of her baby boy Zac (4.45kgs) at 3 minutes past midnight on New Years Day at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Sinead Boyle, Barnaderg, Tuam with her baby girl Saoirse who was born in Galway University Hospital at 57 seconds after midnight on New Year's Day weighing 8lb 11oz. Photo: Joe Travers.
Sarah and Colin O'Grady from Corofin, Co. Galway with their first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on New Years Day. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Little Kieran Patrick Gibbons arrived at eleven seconds past midnight.
Leanee Byrne from Blanchardstown (pictured) on the birth of her baby boy Zac (4.45kgs) at 3 minutes past midnight on New Years Day at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Sinead Boyle, Barnaderg, Tuam with her baby girl Saoirse who was born in Galway University Hospital at 57 seconds after midnight on New Year's Day weighing 8lb 11oz. Photo: Joe Travers.

"It started at 1am on Wednesday morning and it finished up at 11 seconds past midnight today," she said, adding that delighted dad Mark Gibbons had "gone home to have a rest".

Meanwhile, the second baby of 2016 was born at the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street. Little Gabriela Doncova arrived at 21 seconds past midnight.

Proud dad Adonias Miranda said both Gabriela and her mother Greta are doing well.

"The due date was the 5th of January so she came early. We had to drive up from Wexford when Greta's waters broke," he said. "We brought her here straight away and there were no problems."

In Galway University Hospital, Sinead Boyle from Barnaderg, Tuam welcomed baby Saoirse 56 seconds after midnight, while Leanne Byrne from Blanchardstown welcomed baby Zac in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital three minutes past the hour.

The first baby of 2016 for Cork Maternity Hospital arrived at 13 minutes past midnight, while the Coombe welcomed a baby girl 14 minutes into the new year.

The arrival of Anna Adebusayo Adeoye was an exciting start to the new year for her parents Michelle and Kehinde Adeoye, who live in Tallaght.

Both Michelle and delighted dad Kehinde called it "the best New Year ever", after a delivery that exceeded 15 hours.

"We were joking yesterday, saying: 'She's waiting until 12am!'" Michelle told the Irish Independent. "She wanted to be a New Year baby, but we didn't realise," she added.

It was a busy night in Westmeath, as five babies were delivered between midnight and 9am in Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, the first of which was a baby boy who arrived at 12.20.

In Waterford General Hospital, three babies have been born since the clock struck 12, the first was a baby boy born at 22 minutes past midnight.

A baby girl weighing 3.4kg was the first baby born in Wexford this year, arriving 27 minutes into 2016.

Bridget McCormack, Assistant Director of Midwifery, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, said: "It is a special day."

"Most days here are great days, but it is really lovely for the first New Year's baby to be born in our hospital," Ms McCormack added.

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