In Pictures: Meet the first babies of 2016
Published 01/01/2016 | 10:43
Ireland's first baby born in 2016 was born at a Limerick Hospital, it is understood.
Little Kieran Patrick Gibbons was born at 11 seconds past midnight at University Maternity Hospital, Limerick.
It is thought that little Kieran, weighing 8lb 3oz, is Ireland's first baby of 2016.
His proud mother Jennifer O'Neill told independent.ie: "It's fantastic. We're absolutely delighted with him."
"He was due on the first of the first and he arrived just on time. It's been a fantastic way to start the New Year"
Baby Kieran's delighted mum said the labour took almost 48 hours.
"It started at 1am on Wednesday morning and it finished up at 11 seconds past midnight today," she said after enjoying some post-labour tea and toast.
She added that proud father Mark Gibbons was "gone home to have a rest".
"We're thrilled, absolutely delighted," said Ms O'Neill, who is a practising pharmacy technician at Robert's Pharmacy on O'Connell Street, Limerick.
Six babies were born in the first five hours of New Year's Day at the Limerick hospital, including baby Nora Shoer, at eight minutes past midnight, whose mother Emma Jane hails from Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
Meanwhile, the second baby of 2016 was born at the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street. Little Gabriela arrived at 21 seconds past midnight.
Her proud father Adonias Miranda said both Gabriela and her mother Gretta are doing well.
"The due date was the 5th of January so she came early. We had to drive up from Wexford when Gretta's waters broke, we brought her here straight away and there were no problems.
In Galway University Hospital Sinead Boyle from Barnaderg, Tuam welcomed baby Saoirse 56 seconds after midnight. Leanee Byrne from Blanchardstown welcomed baby Zac in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital three minutes past the hour.
In Cork Maternity Hospital, the first baby of 2016 arrived at thirteen minutes past midnight, while the Coombe welcomed a baby girl fourteen minutes into the new year.
The arrival of the baby girl, who has yet to be named, was an exciting start to the new year for her parents Michelle and Kehinde Adeoye, who live in Dublin.
It's been a slow night for New Year's babies in Carlow/Kilkenny and Kerry General Hospital, who have yet to welcome the first arrival of 2016, while in Sligo the first baby of the year arrived four hours past midnight.
It was a busy night in Westmeath, as five babies were delivered between midnight and 9am in Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, the first of which was a baby boy who arrived at twenty past twelve.
In Waterford General Hospital, three babies have been born since the clock struck twelve, the first of which was a baby boy born at 22 minutes past midnight.
In Wexford, a baby girl weighing 3.4kg was the first baby born in the county this year, arriving 27 minutes into 2016.
Bridget McCormack, Assistant Director of Midwifery, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, said: "It is a special day."
"Most days here are great days, but it is really lovely for the first New Year's baby to be born in our hospital," Ms McCormack added.