Wednesday 21 February 2018

Meet the first babies born in 2017

The first babies began arriving at just a second past midnight

Baby Arlo River Elias born 50 seconds after midnight in The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street with his mother Stacey Kenny, brother Axel and father Elton Rooney from Clonsilla.
Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Baby Arlo River Elias born 50 seconds after midnight in The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street with his mother Stacey Kenny, brother Axel and father Elton Rooney from Clonsilla. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Baby Arlo River Elias born 50 seconds after midnight in The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street with his mother Stacey Kenny from Clonsilla. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Baby Arlo River Elias born 50 seconds after midnight in The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street with his mother Stacey Kenny, brother Axel and father Elton Rooney from Clonsilla. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Malgorzata Bialek Szymanska with her daughter Madison Jessica Moran who was born at 1.30am in The Rotunda hospital. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
John Moran and Malgorzata Bialek Szymanska with their daughter Madison Jessica Moran who was born at 1.30am in The Rotunda hospital. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Mother Guo Yan and father Gao Xiao Yong from Clonsilla with their daughter who was born nineteen minutes after midnight in The Rotunda hospital. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Mother Guo Yan and father Gao Xiao Yong from Clonsilla with their daughter who was born nineteen minutes after midnight in The Rotunda hospital. Photo: Tony Gavin 1/1/2017
Ann Quinlan (nee McDonagh), with her baby Patrick Gerard, the first baby born in Galway University Hospital at 01.10am weighing in at 3.54kg (7 lb 8 oz). Photo: Joe Travers.
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Chai Brady and Amy Molloy

The Rotunda hospital welcomed the first baby of the New Year one second after midnight, and his twin joined him six minutes later.

The mother and babies are recovering well but have asked for privacy at this time.

And not too far away the National Maternity Hospital welcomed Arlo River Elias Kenny into the world - 49 seconds later.

Delighted parents Elton Rooney (40) and Stacy Kenny from Clonsilla in Dublin are thrilled to have their “perfect” baby boy after an emergency caesarean section.

“It was getting nearer and nearer to midnight and we were looking at the clock thinking, is this going to happen – I couldn’t care less if didn’t. And then it was a quarter to. And I said ‘what do you think can we do this?’ yeah it’s on the cards,” said Mr Rooney.

Arlo might have been called Slash if not for Ms Kenny’s intervention, however their other son is called after Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose. Axel is 3-years-old.

Arlo’s name is a tribute to River Phoenix and Walt Disney - whose middle name is Elias.

Back in the Rotunda nineteen minutes after midnight, a baby girl was born and was greeted by delighted parents, mother Guo Yan and father Gao Xiao Yong.

The pair, who are also from Clonsilla but are originally from north-eastern China, married in 2011 and are “very excited” to have their second child who weighed in at 3.6kg.

Baby Molly arrived in the first 19 minutes of the New Year as well, but in the National Maternity Hospital.

The couple Judy (34) and John (37) Turley had a “hectic year”, as they had got married in 2016.

Molly is 4.3kg and the parents praised the midwives in the Rotunda for their help and kindness.

Two MMA fighters from Navan, John Moran and Malgorzata Bialek Szymanska (36), had their first child together in the rotunda at 01.37am.

The two met in an MMA club and were sparring partners. Mr Moran said: “She punched me in the nose and that’s how I knew she was the one.”

In Galway the first baby born in Galway University hospital was Patrick Gerard Quinlan. He is the first baby of mum Ann and dad Stephen.

The infant arrived at 1.10am and weighed in at 7lb 8 ounces.

Meanwhile, the Coombe Hospital in Dublin had their first arrival of the new year at 7:45am this morning with a baby boy.

Parents Rose and Ben Waldron from Kilcock, Co Kildare have yet to pick a name.

It's the second child for the couple and he weighed in at a healthy 7lb 12 ounces.

In Cork, the first arrival came in at five minutes past one.

The baby boy and mother Alison McGee are said to be doing well.

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