Sunday 25 September 2016

Meet the Irish mum who has THREE sets of twin girls –‘When I found out I was expecting twins again we had to laugh’

Published 03/03/2016 | 12:26

Anton Savage pictured with the Flynn family, which is made up of three sets of twin girls Mabie and Elisha (4 months), Identical Emer and Tara (17) and Rebecca and Emma (18) with mum Philomena
Anton Savage pictured with the Flynn family, which is made up of three sets of twin girls Mabie and Elisha (4 months), Identical Emer and Tara (17) and Rebecca and Emma (18) with mum Philomena

An Irish mum who has welcomed her third set of twin girls has said that she wouldn’t know herself if she only had to cope with one baby.

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Philomena Flynn gave birth to twins Mabie Jane and Elisha four weeks ago, more than 17 years after she welcomed twins Emer and Tara (17) and Emma and Rebecca (18).

“Mabie and Elisha are very quiet thank God. We’re blessed,” said Philomena speaking to The Anton Savage Show on Today FM.

“We were shocked and delighted when we found out there’d be another set of twins.

“It was a surprise pregnancy because there was a 17 year gap between them and my next set of twins so these are my third set of twin girls,” she said.

The odds of conceiving three sets twins naturally come at 500,000/1. After welcoming her first set of twins 18 years ago, Philomena revealed that she and her husband Aiden “had to laugh” when they discovered she was pregnant with identical twins Emer and Tara five months later.

Anton Savage pictured with twins Mabie and Elisha
Anton Savage pictured with twins Mabie and Elisha

“It was quite early again into the pregnancy that I found out we were expecting a second set of twins. Aiden my husband just laughed, sure what you could do.

“The first couple of years were crazy. My mum was around that time so she was a great help. She practically moved in with us.

“The feeds ran into the next feeds and nights ran into days. It’s a bit of a blur to be honest.

“At one point we were going through 128 nappies a week,” she said.

The mum said her middle twins often teased her about the lack of baby photos taken of them, but said the recent arrival of Mabie and Elisha has showed them just how chaotic her house was when she had four children under 14 months.

“Emer says there are very few photos of Tara and Emer when they were babies and she said if she had ever went missing we wouldn’t have had any photographs to give the Guards. So I say to her now you understand why there’s very few photos of you as babies because I had four children under 14 months. She appreciates exactly where I was coming from,” said the mum.

Philomena revealed that she often looks at her new babies and worries about going through the whole process again after rearing her first two sets of twins.

“When I turn around and look at these four and I’ve got them to 17 and 18 and I look at Elisha and Mabie and I got ‘Oh God I have to do all this again’. It’s wonderful though, it’s a blessing,” she admitted.

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