Not a minute to waste for first Irish babies of 2016
Ireland's first New Year baby arrives 11 seconds after midnight in Limerick
Ireland's first baby of 2016 arrived just seconds after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day.
Little Kieran Patrick Gibbons was welcomed at University Maternity Hospital, Limerick 11 seconds after midnight.
Both mother and son are happy and healthy, with baby Kieran weighing 8lbs and 3oz.
His proud mother Jennifer O'Neill told the Irish Independent: "It's fantastic. We're absolutely delighted with him.
"He was due on the first of the first and he arrived just on time. It's been a fantastic way to start the New Year."
Ms O'Neill, who is a practising pharmacy technician at Robert's Pharmacy on O'Connell Street, Limerick added that the labour lasted almost 48 hours.
"It started at 1am on Wednesday morning and it finished up at 11 seconds past midnight today," she said, adding that delighted dad Mark Gibbons had "gone home to have a rest".
Meanwhile, the second baby of 2016 was born at the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street. Little Gabriela Doncova arrived at 21 seconds past midnight.
Proud dad Adonias Miranda said both Gabriela and her mother Greta are doing well.
"The due date was the 5th of January so she came early. We had to drive up from Wexford when Greta's waters broke," he said. "We brought her here straight away and there were no problems."
In Galway University Hospital, Sinead Boyle from Barnaderg, Tuam welcomed baby Saoirse 56 seconds after midnight, while Leanne Byrne from Blanchardstown welcomed baby Zac in Dublin's Rotunda Hospital three minutes past the hour.
The first baby of 2016 for Cork Maternity Hospital arrived at 13 minutes past midnight, while the Coombe welcomed a baby girl 14 minutes into the new year.
The arrival of Anna Adebusayo Adeoye was an exciting start to the new year for her parents Michelle and Kehinde Adeoye, who live in Tallaght.
Both Michelle and delighted dad Kehinde called it "the best New Year ever", after a delivery that exceeded 15 hours.
"We were joking yesterday, saying: 'She's waiting until 12am!'" Michelle told the Irish Independent. "She wanted to be a New Year baby, but we didn't realise," she added.
It was a busy night in Westmeath, as five babies were delivered between midnight and 9am in Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, the first of which was a baby boy who arrived at 12.20.
In Waterford General Hospital, three babies have been born since the clock struck 12, the first was a baby boy born at 22 minutes past midnight.
A baby girl weighing 3.4kg was the first baby born in Wexford this year, arriving 27 minutes into 2016.
Bridget McCormack, Assistant Director of Midwifery, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, said: "It is a special day."
"Most days here are great days, but it is really lovely for the first New Year's baby to be born in our hospital," Ms McCormack added.