IT WAS AN extra special Christmas for Wexford man and Wolves and Republic of Ireland star Kevin Doyle, as he and his wife Jenny welcomed their new son, Benett-Bernard, into the world.
Jenny, originally from Wellingtonbridge, had been expecting the baby to arrive on Christmas day, but he came along a few days early on December 20, meaning that the happy new mum and dad were able to have their son at home for his first Christmas. Baby Benett-Bernard will have to wait a little longer to make it back to his real home of Wexford however, as over the Christmas period the fixtures have been coming thick and fast for his footballing father. Speaking yesterday (Monday), Kevin's brother Padraig said that the whole family were delighted for his brother. 'Everybody is absolutely thrilled,' Padraig said. 'I've been on the phone to Kevin a few times since and himself and Jenny are absolutely over the moon. The baby wasn't actually due until Christmas Day, but I think they were delighted that he came along a little bit early. It was like an extra Christmas present for them.'
He added that Kevin was thankful to everyone back home for their best wishes. 'I just managed to talk to Kevin for two minutes there earlier today,' Padraig said. 'He was on the team bus on his way to London to play Crystal Palace, so he couldn't really talk. But he said that he'd like to thank everyone for their messages and to let everybody know that Jenny and the Baby are both happy and healthy and they're over the moon with baby Benett-Bernard.'
Kevin and Jenny decided to name the baby Bernard after Kevin's older brother who passed away with testicular cancer at the age of just 21, and who Kevin has constantly feels has been watching over him throughout his football career.
The celebrations were in full swing as the news of the new arrival reached Kevin's parents, Bernie and Paddy. 'My mother was absolutely made up,' Padraig said. 'This is her first grandchild from one of her boys and he'll be the first one to carry the Doyle name, so she's in her element. As soon as she found out she had to get over there as soon as she could. I'm hoping to get over to visit them myself next week and meet my little nephew.'