Baby girl for Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan
Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30
Retiring rugby legend Gordon D'Arcy and his model wife Aoife Cogan have welcomed their baby daughter into the world.
Cogan gave birth on Sunday in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street.
D'Arcy shared the good news on Twitter, posting a picture of the tiny infant clutching his finger.
"My beautiful baby daughter," he wrote alongside the image.
According to close friends, both mother and baby are "doing very well".
D'Arcy, who is due to retire later this year, was recently honoured at the 2015 Leinster Rugby Ball for his outstanding contribution to the sport.
The centre attended the event with his then-heavily pregnant wife and thanked her for the support she has shown him.
"To my wife Aoife, thank you," he said.
"You're an amazing woman, you're giving me the best gift that anyone could ever give."
The couple - who wed in 2012 in St Macartan's Cathedral in Co Monaghan - decided to keep the baby's sex a surprise.
Cogan admitted she was enjoying listening to the "guessing and old wives' tales" during her pregnancy.
Rugby fans were quick to wish the couple well on social media.
The Irish rugby squad seems to be awash with wedding bells and babygros; D'Arcy's fellow team-mate Andrew Trimble is expecting his first-born with wife Anna on July 4.
"It is very exciting," Trimble told the Irish Independent.
"I have been learning all about the biology, which was a bit of an eye opener.
"Anna is a doctor, so she knows more a lot more than I do.
"We have all the baby equipment ready to go, so it's a great time."
Meanwhile, Monaghan man Tommy Bowe is believed to be exchanging vows with his fiancée Lucy Whitehouse in an intimate ceremony in Wales this coming weekend.
Bowe claims to be a capable wedding planner, but says his future wife may disagree.
"I've done more than I thought I would be doing, but I think Lucy thinks I could do 100pc more," he said.
"It's all happening pretty soon.
"I don't think it's really hit either of us yet because it is happening so quickly," added the winger.