Only one second apart, two tiny bundles of joy are very first Christmas arrivals
IT WAS so close, you might as well call it a draw. Just one second separated the arrival of the first and second babies born in Irish hospitals on Christmas morning.
Luke Noel Meys, who was born to German parents in Wexford General Hospital, pipped a baby born in Dublin to the post by one second.
Monique Meys and her husband Michael, who live in Enniscorthy, were thrilled to discover that their baby, who was born 13 seconds after midnight, was the very first baby born on Christmas Day.
He weighed in at 6lb, 6oz.
"We are absolutely delighted; it is fantastic that ours was the first baby born. He was delivered very quickly -- just half an hour after I went into labour. It's made this an absolutely fantastic Christmas," said Mrs Meys, who was back home in Enniscorthy in time for Christmas dinner.
Kirtee Mundhill, originally from Mauritius, gave birth to her baby boy, Hrishent, in Dublin one second later, at 14 seconds after midnight. She described the Christmas birth as "a miracle".
The child, who was born at the Rotunda , weighed in at 7lb, 6oz. It was Kirtee (20) and husband Raneshdev's first child.
"Santa gave me exactly what I wanted for Christmas. It is so exciting -- it is like a miracle for me. I really wasn't expecting to have him on Christmas Day. I am absolutely thrilled," she said.
The first baby born in the Midwestern Regional Maternity Hospital in Co Limerick was a little boy, at 12.12am to Amanda Haynes and Ger Maguire.
In Cork, the first baby born was little Patrick Ruksc, who was delivered at 12.44am at Cork University Maternity Hospital. His mother, Polish-born Aneta Maciejunas-Ruksc, who lives with her husband Janusz in Douglas, said she decided to name her baby Patrick as it was both an Irish and a Polish name.
Conor Flavin was the first baby born in Galway University Hospital to mum Olive at 1am. Kerry's first baby was Donnacha Ryan, who was born at 1.27am.
The first baby born at the Coombe Women's Hospital in Dublin arrived at 12.15am -- there were 15 babies born at the hospital between midnight and 3pm on Christmas Day.
The population of Inis Mór, largest of the three Aran Islands, increased by one after a dramatic sea operation on Christmas Eve. Loretta Dillane from Mainistir, near Cill Ronain was rushed to Galway University Hospital, where she gave birth to her third child.