Extra-special Christmas Day delivery for parents
A fireman who assisted in the birth of a baby girl in his station earlier this year got his own special Christmas delivery yesterday.
Doting dad Robert Mullervy was gushing over newborn daughter Elaina, who was the first Christmas baby born at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin.
Elaina arrived 14 days after her due date at 1.59am, weighing 8lbs 8oz. Mr Mullervy said Elaina and first-time mum Annmarie were both "doing very well".
"I've just done my first nappy change," he said. "It's very exciting."
Mr Mullervy (30), who is based in Nutgrove Fire Station in Rathfarnham, helped deliver a baby girl there in March, but credited the baby's mother with doing the hard work.
"It's certainly different when it's your own," he said.
He also paid tribute to the "amazing" staff at Holles Street, where he spent two nights during his training.
Across the capital, the first baby to arrive at Rotunda Hospital was little Skander, who was delivered at nine minutes passed midnight weighing 8lbs 7oz. He is the first child of proud parents Foued Ben Hassen and his wife Maha, who live in Dublin.
In the Coombe Hospital, Aiveen Dykes and Austin O'Dwyer, from Naas, Co Kildare, were cuddling their new arrival Emily Dykes, who was delivered at 1am weighing 5lbs 1oz.
Elsewhere, Anna Dabulis Sawaryn from Cork city had her little girl, Amelia, in Cork University Maternity Hospital at 3.40am.
Among the new arrivals in the University Maternity Hospital, Limerick, were baby Kian O'Connell, born at 10.21am to mum Zara O'Regan and dad Jamie O'Connell, from Shannon; and Jordan, who was born at 1.15am to Martha Bourke and Jordan Finnerty from Nenagh. Little Archie Copley from Kilrush was born at 5.05am to mum Rita.
And Carmel and John Sheehan, from Ballynacally, Ennis, celebrated the birth of their fifth son Jack, who was born at 10.13am weighing in at 9lbs 1oz.