Irish rugby star Tommy Bowe welcomes first child with wife Lucy Whitehouse
Irish rugby star Tommy Bowe has welcomed his first child, saying he is "so in love".
The Ulster wing (33) and his wife of two years Lucy Whitehouse became parents on Sunday.
The couple named their baby girl, Emma.
The winger shared an adorable snap of baby Emma with his followers on social media.
"Little Emma Bowe arrived yesterday morning. We are so in love," the delighted dad said.
The couple kept news of Lucy's pregnancy under wraps and dozens of well-wishers have rushed to congratulate them on their new arrival.
Bowe and Whitehouse, a former Miss Wales who now works as a nurse, live together in Belfast.
While the couple prefer to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, the former British and Irish Lion has never been shy about praising his other half, whom he first met in 2011 when he was playing for Ospreys in Wales.
"Marriage didn’t change anything between us. We have remained the same people. And Lucy is from near Cardiff, so she’s settled in to Belfast very well because it’s very similar," he explained.
"People are very friendly up here and she’s made lots of friends at work, which is what you have to do when you move away."
Last May, Tommy joked that a dog was "enough chaos" for the couple when asked if they were hoping for the pitter-patter of little feet.
"I do notice that it seems all of my teammates – it seems like we need a crèche in the training facility at the minute – it’s kids galore. It’s something we’ll talk about in the future. We’ve got a dog at the minute which is more than enough chaos for us," he told Independent.ie at the time.