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Monday 29 May 2017

Sisters celebrate special Leap Year birthdays

Leap year sisters Lana (12) and Robyn (8) McKeon celebrate their birthdays at their home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Because they were born on February 29, this is technically the girls’ third and second birthdays. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Leap year sisters Lana (12) and Robyn (8) McKeon celebrate their birthdays at their home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Because they were born on February 29, this is technically the girls’ third and second birthdays. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

Ciara Treacy

Having a birthday that only comes every four years may sound unfair, but two sisters have learned to make the most of it.

Lana (12) and Robyn (8) McKeon, from Blanchardstown in Dublin, are both Leap Year babies and celebrate their birthdays today.

While the odds of having one child on February 29 may be slim, having two on that date came as a huge surprise to their parents, Martin and Suzanne.

However, Suzanne said the family "couldn't be happier" with the coincidence, which she believes creates an extra-special bond between the siblings.

"Lana celebrates her 12th birthday, which is really her third birthday, and Robyn celebrates her eighth birthday, which is really her second," she explained.

"It's a special birthday for both of them, although very unusual. When they say that it's their 'real' birthday people tend to look at them funny."

Even though the real date of their birthday only comes every four years, it was never a difficult one to explain to the girls.

"We have no other children, so they thought for a long time that it was the norm. They didn't know any different," said Suzanne.

The girls are celebrating with a joint party with their friends.

Irish Independent

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