Monday 21 August 2017

Baby joy for Claire Byrne as she welcomes daughter with husband Gerry Scollan

Claire Byrne at RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Claire Byrne at RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Claire Byrne with husband Gerry Scollan on their wedding day in June last year. Photo: Conor McCabe
Broadcaster Claire Byrne with her Husband Gerry Scollan on their wedding day. Photo: Conor McCabe
RTE star Claire Byrne, on the set of Claire Byrne Live. Picture: Fergal Phillips
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Congratulations are in order for Claire Byrne and Gerry Scollan.

It was confirmed in a statement today that the television presenter gave birth on Wednesday, July 12 in Holles Street Hospital.

In the statement, it was revealed that Claire and her husband Gerry named their new arrival Emma, and that "mother and baby are doing well."

The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony in June last year.

Claire Byrne with husband Gerry Scollan on their wedding day in June last year. Photo: Conor McCabe
Claire Byrne with husband Gerry Scollan on their wedding day in June last year. Photo: Conor McCabe

The 41-year-old previously revealed that she had "reached a point" where she thought she wouldn't have any children.

"I feel really lucky that this is the way my life has worked out,” she said.

“I look at my children [Patrick, three and Jane, two]  and am constantly surprised that I have them, because I had reached a point where I thought that I really wouldn’t have children in my life."

She added that she was keen to keep the sex of the baby a surprise for everyone, including herself.

Claire Byrne & Gerry Scollan spotted walking on Grafton Street after getting married last year.
Claire Byrne & Gerry Scollan spotted walking on Grafton Street after getting married last year.

"We didn’t find out if it was a boy or a girl on the other two so probably won’t find out on this one. I enjoyed the surprise element of the birth. When you are in the midst of it all, just having a healthy baby is the most important thing," she said.

"I didn’t really want a big family but Gerry comes from a big family and wanted a big family - the number in his head was always four - but I’ll stick with three as good compromise,” she says. “Gerry is a great dad. He loves babies, loves children, and he can’t wait."

After the birth, Byrne said she and her husband plan on getting the supports right for their family before she goes back to work to "do what I’ve always done".

"Experience has taught me that in the early stages of motherhood it is easier for me to go back to work quickly. The problems start when the children are older and they need you more. Gerry is generally at home with the children when I’m at my busiest in work. It is always going to be difficult. I might be busy, but it’s busy with two anyway," she said.

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