Baby Sadie gives Brian something to smile about
PROUD new dad Brian O'Driscoll had something to smile about after Ireland's crushing defeat as he visited his newborn daughter in hospital last night.
In a day of disappointment for rugby fans, there was still a silver lining for Brian and his wife Amy Huberman as they welcomed their first baby, Sadie.
The new dad was back at the National Maternity Hospital on Dublin's Holles Street yesterday evening.
For super-mum Amy, it was a whirlwind 24 hours.
After attending the glittering IFTAs on Saturday night, the actress and author went into labour in the early hours of the morning and was rushed to Holles Street, where she gave birth shortly after 10am.
"This is my one last big night out. This is me going out with a bang," she joked on the red carpet.
Little did she realise quite how quickly baby Sadie was coming.
The baby was not due until Monday next week, but decided to put in an early appearance.
"Everybody is safe and sound. Mother and baby are doing well," a spokesman for the couple told the Irish Independent last night.
Amy attended the awards ceremony with her mother Sandra, who kept a close eye on her daughter throughout the night. Meanwhile, Brian was staying in the Shelbourne Hotel with the rest of his teammates in preparation for their Six Nations match against England.
"I feel fine. I feel really good," said Amy, who had joked earlier this month that she could give birth on the IFTAs' red carpet.
Meanwhile, Amy and Brian won't be short of babysitters, with Sandra eager to become a grandmother. "This is my first grandchild so it's very exciting and I'm very proud," she said.
Amy looked stunning in a floor-length black dress and four-inch gold sandals. She was nominated for the Best TV Actress award for her UK comedy 'Threesome' but lost out to Charlie Murphy of 'Love/Hate'.
She and her mum left the ceremony early, although a spokeswoman said this was because of the long duration of the ceremony rather than her feeling unwell.
Indeed, Amy's friend, actor Chris O'Dowd, joked that the ceremony was so long "Amy Huberman wasn't even pregnant when it started".
TV3's Lisa Cannon said Amy was "glowing" when she spoke with her on the red carpet on Saturday evening. "She said she was feeling good and didn't think it was coming on soon. It's amazing that the birth was so quick, because a first birth usually takes a while."
However, just hours after attending the awards, she gave birth to Sadie with Brian by her side. The new dad had no sooner welcomed his daughter into the world than he had to rush off to join his teammates at the Aviva Stadium.
But he was back at the hospital after the match, arriving at 6.15pm.
Ireland colleague Mike Ross reckoned Amy was generous with her husband's time. "I'm actually flabbergasted his missus left him go," he said. "You know, 'Alright, love, see you later, I've got a game to play'!"
"He shot out the gap straightaway after the game. I expect to see him crawling back into camp next week, happy to be there."
Ireland head coach Declan Kidney last night said: "We're delighted for Amy, especially, and Brian. She showed great courage to let Brian go off and play and, for that, we'll eternally grateful."