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Friday 22 September 2017

Something in the water: village welcomes 30 babies in a year

Some of the parents who had children in 2016 in Rathmullan. Photo: North West Newspix
Some of the parents who had children in 2016 in Rathmullan. Photo: North West Newspix
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A seaside village in Co Donegal with just 550 residents is celebrating the incredible arrival of 30 babies born within the space of just a year.

Rathmullan experienced an unexpected baby boom in 2016, which saw 15 baby boys and 15 baby girls born between February and December.

The village welcomed two babies in February, one in March, one in April, two in May, two in June, five in July, five in August, three in September, one in October, three in November, and five in December.

A special ceremony was held on Father's Day to mark the unusual baby boom, and all 30 children gathered together with their parents for a vintage tea party in the village's district resort centre.

Village administrator Katrina Tasker said the new arrivals have really boosted the community.

"It must have been all those dark, winter nights and the celebrations at Christmas because five babies were born in July and five more in August.

"Last year we just noticed that there were so many bumps appearing around town. When we sat down and thought about it, we decided to count them all up, and actually discovered that 30 babies had been born between February and December," she said.

Irish Independent

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