Meet the first two babies of 2019, born just one second apart
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Louth had the honour of delivering the first baby of 2019 - and it pipped The Coombe to the post by just one second.
Parents Michelle Montague and Simon Cox, from Kilmessan, Co Meath, welcomed Baby Meave at three seconds after midnight.
She weighed a healthy 7lbs 4 ounces.
Amelia O'Brien was just one second behind in The Coombe, Dublin, born at four seconds past midnight to parents Leanne Farrell and Alan O'Brien.
She weighed exactly 7lbs and is the couple's third child.
Next into the world was a baby girl at Holles Street, who's mother Natasha Philpott from Newtown Mount Kennedy gave birth at 27 seconds after midnight.
The first baby boy of 2019 was delivered at Cork University Maternity Hospital at four minutes after 12.
Parents Marie and Niall O'Brien, from Ardmore, Co Waterford and are said to be "delighted", a staff member on the maternity ward said.
Meanwhile, it was an uneventful beginning to the new year in the maternity wards of Wexford General Hospital, Portiuncula, Co Galway and St Luke's, Co Kilkenny as no babies have yet been born.
The Coombe had a very busy start to the New Year with three births in the first half hour.
The Rotunda's first baby was delivered at 12.15am, while University Maternity Hospital Limerick's first baby was born at 2.20am.
Little Mary McKenna weighed in at 7lbs 10ounces and was born to proud first time parents Conor and Aisling McKenna, from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare.