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Leap-year sisters finally get to celebrate their birthdays

Ciara Tracey

Published 29/02/2016 | 08:19

Leap Year Birthday Sisters, Lana (12) and Robyn (8), McKeon pictured at their Blanchardstown home yesterday.
Leap Year Birthday Sisters, Lana (12) and Robyn (8), McKeon pictured at their Blanchardstown home yesterday.

HAVING a birthday once every four years may sound unfair, but two Dublin sisters have learned to make the most of it.

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Sisters Lana (12) and Robyn McKeon (8), from Blanchardstown, 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 believed created an extra-special bond between the siblings.

Leap Year Birthday Sisters, Lana (12) and Robyn (8), McKeon pictured with their Mum, Suzanne at their Blanchardstown home yesterday.
Leap Year Birthday Sisters, Lana (12) and Robyn (8), McKeon pictured with their Mum, Suzanne at their Blanchardstown home yesterday.

"Lana celebrates her 12th birthday, which is really her third, and Robyn celebrates her eighth birthday, which is really her second," their mum Suzanne said.

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

"Because we have no other children, they thought for a long time that it was the norm," said Suzanne.

"They don't know any different.

"They are linked in that way, and it's special.

"If you had just one who had a leap year birthday, it would be a bit unusual but because both of them fell on the same day, I don't know what the odds are for that."

It has now become a badge of honour for the pair.

"We usually say their birthday is either February 29 or March 1, although once the end of February comes around they say it's their birthday.

"The day after we would have the party, the older one used to say 'my birthday is actually today mummy' to try have another."

Four years ago, the Lord Mayor of Dublin at the time, Andrew Montague, who was a leap year baby, threw a birthday party in the Mansion House which the girls attended.

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