Sunday 15 September 2019

Three sisters give birth to three babies at the same hospital on the same day

Baby Annalise was born three days after three of her maternal siblings Photo Credit: Sinead Hussey
Baby Annalise was born three days after three of her maternal siblings Photo Credit: Sinead Hussey
The three sisters Mairéad, Joeline and Bernie with Thomás Óg, Sorcha and Phelim Credit: Sinéad Hussey\RTÉ At One

David Kearns

Three baby cousins entered the world more like triplets - as their sister moms gave birth just hours apart in Mayo General Hospital.

The three sisters welcomed the three tots into the family yesterday, and another new arrival is expected in the coming hours as a fourth sister is waiting to give birth.

Speaking to RTE News at One, Mairead Fitzpatrick, one of three sisters - from Cloonfad on the Mayo-Roscommon border said no one was expecting the multiple births on the same day.

“We just never realised it would all happen on the one day,” she said.

“I was the first one to go at 3:25 am and then my sister had her little girl, Sorcha, at 11 am.

“Then Bernie's boy Phelim was born last night at about half 8.

“The two girls that delivered my little boy delivered Bernie's boy as well… so two women delivered two cousins in 24 hours,” she added.

“It was my first (Thomas Og), and Joelyn's second, Bernie's third, and Christina, this will be her fourth,” Ms Fitzpatrick told News At One, saying that the family were keeping their fingers crossed that Christina would give birth today, or early tomorrow morning.

“There's four girls, there's five of us altogether in the house, and one brother,” she said.

"“It was just so funny the way it happened.

"I was due on Friday the 28th of August, Joelyn was actually sectioned, she was booked in for a section yesterday, it was her second baby.

"And Bernie was due today. Christina is still waiting for her little one, she was due on Sunday, the 30th of August."

She added that she was not sure which counties the new babies will shout for ahead of May's replay against Dublin on Saturday - as their dads are from Mayo, Galway and Roscommon.

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