'He wasn't waiting around!' - family's joy after baby born unexpectedly in hotel room
A young family got "the best Christmas present" when their new baby was born unexpectedly in a hotel.
Proud dad David Cuneen has joked that his son wasn't waiting around when he was born within minutes of his wife Sarah going into labour on Thursday morning.
David, who is from Dooradoyle in Co Limerick, told Independent.ie: "We had decided to have our baby at University Hospital Waterford as we'd heard good things about the staff there and when we were down on Wednesday morning for a check-up we were told that things were starting to progress.
"We were told to come back on Friday morning again so we decided to check into a hotel for the two nights just in case he arrived."
David and Sarah were in their room in Dooley's Hotel in Waterford town yesterday morning with their older children Emily (5), Dan (3) and Ben (23 months) when their fourth child decided to make his arrival.
David said: "Sarah said to me she thought she was getting pains so I said I'd get the kids into the car but she said there was no time and to call an ambulance.
"He wasn't waiting around though and I'd say between there was only around 20 minutes between when we called the ambulance and my son being born."
Thankfully their boy, who hasn't been given a name yet, was born perfectly healthy, weighing 9lb 8oz.
"He is perfect, Sarah and him are both healthy and I'm so relieved, there is literally no bad points, it's all good and he is the best Christmas present ever," David said.
Hotel staff brought their older children for breakfast while Sarah gave birth and a manager stayed with her and David to help support them.
David has said he cannot praise Dooley Hotel's staff enough, saying: "They were all so supportive, it was incredible that they couldn't do enough for us, we'll always appreciate them."
Bus Eireann worker David said Sarah and their new son are expected to be released from UHW tomorrow.
He said: "All going well we'll all be home in Limerick just in time for Christmas, Santa has to come too to bring the boys their presents.
"We definitely don't do things by half anyway and it's very full on at the moment, but I wouldn't have it any other way."