Thursday 20 June 2019

Irish Rail to give 25 years free travel to baby born on Galway to Dublin train

Gabija Gataveckaite

Irish Rail will give 25 years free travel to the baby girl born on the Galway to Dublin train yesterday afternoon.

With the help of an off-duty doctor, two nurses and an American tourist, a woman gave birth on the 15:05pm train travelling from Galway to Heuston, Dublin.

Nurse Ellen Kennedy who helped deliver baby on Galway to Dublin train on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
Nurse Ellen Kennedy who helped deliver baby on Galway to Dublin train on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

A spokesperson for Irish Rail has now confirmed that the baby girl will receive free travel for the next 25 years.

“Mother and baby are still recovering and we are mindful of their privacy, but we will make arrangements for free travel for the child up to the 25 year mark,” a spokesperson for Irish Rail told

“We haven’t made contact with the mum yet as we are very respectful of her privacy,” the spokesperson added.

The baby was delivered at Kildare Station after a stop off of 80 minutes. The woman went into labour shortly after the train departed Galway.

Nurse Ellen Kennedy (23) was one of the heroes who came to the woman's aid on the train.

Speaking to, the Carlow woman was changing trains in Kildare when she noticed a lot of commotion at the station.

“I asked one of the staff if they needed help and I went and helped the mother,” she explained.

“There was already a nurse there and the doctor arrived 10 minutes later but the mum did all of the hard work.”

The newly qualified nurse works in University Hospital Galway and said that her only training was a week at a labour ward at college.

“I only had a stint at a labour ward and I only saw a baby being delivered once before but the skills came in really handy,” she said.

“I stepped into my ‘nurse-mode’,” she laughed.

“I focused on the mum’s privacy and put a blanket over her to show some dignity and respect.”

Ms Kennedy said that after she stepped off the train, she couldn’t believe what she had just witnessed.

“I got off the train and as I was leaving, I asked ‘did that really happen?' Then I saw all the articles and comments go up online- you deal with very crazy situations in work and you don’t get the same acknowledgement and praise,” she said.

“It’s not your typical labour ward!”

She emphasised the great work by the mother during the delivery.

“She did all the work in fairness, she was in such a scary situation and she handled it all very well,” Ms Kennedy said.

“It was a very surreal experience; I keep asking myself, “did it really happen?” It’s great experience to bring a new life into the world,” she added.

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