The proud father of rare identical triplets has not been able to visit his daughters since their birth almost two weeks ago, because of Covid-19 visiting restrictions.
David Hopkins (32) has had to content himself with looking at Callie, Quinn and Minnie Hopkins through a window at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.
The girls were born on May 14 and are said to be thriving in the intensive care unit.
However, David has not been able to hold them since being present when his partner Emma Lennon (31) gave birth.
Emma and David, from Laytown, Co Meath, defied odds of up to 200 million to one when she fell pregnant naturally with identical triplets.
Emma, who is also mum to Kacey (10), is allowed to visit the babies each day. She admits she feels sorry for David who stayed for an hour after the birth but hasn't been allowed in since.
"I completely understand that it is for the safety of all the babies in here, not just mine," said Emma.
"But I believe visiting restrictions have been eased a bit in other hospitals so hopefully, he will get in to see them soon.
"They were all born crying, which was instant relief for us. Callie and Quinn were both born in the same minute at 9.29am, weighing 4lb 4oz and 4lb respectively.
"Little Minnie - who we named because she was always the smallest - was born at 9.30am, weighing 3lb 5oz. They are all doing really well and putting on weight."