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Thursday 14 December 2017

One born every minute – Irish princes and princesses to the fore

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Hector from "Breakfast with Hector on 2FM" with the New Irish Royal Baby Owen William O Donnell born at 4,24pm and weighing in at 6pounds 1 ounce, from Cahir Co Tipperary with mum Donna
Ciaran Brophy, from Donabate with new baby son Caelan, (born 22nd July 2013)
Sean Carty, 35, from Blackrock, Dublin, with new baby Hannah Rose

Aishling Phelan and Caitlin McBride

THERE is, of course, one born every minute – and every single one is a prince or princess in their parent’s eyes.

But quite a few Irish babies will forever share a birthday with a ‘real’ prince after being born on the same day as the Prince of Cambridge.

Over 40 babies were born in two of the Dublin maternity hospitals on Monday, the same date as Kate Middleton gave birth to a future British king. 

Caelan Brophy was born just over an hour before the royal baby at 3.15pm in the Rotunda Hospital, weight in at 7lbs.

Parents Claire (37) and Ciaran (36) Brophy from Donabate were told by family and friends that the future British queen had gone into labour at the same time.

“We were getting texts from family and friends saying Kate had gone into labour too and I thought, ‘That’s just typical’,” laughed Claire.

Nothing like a royal birth to steal your thunder.

But while Kate Middleton’s hairdresser was spotted heading into St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in London early yesterday morning, Claire wasn’t likely to face a phlanx of photographers on her exit with the new arrival.

“She would probably get the hairdresser if she could but, no, she’s not bothered,” her husband said.

“We’re just happy with the new baby boy – we have bigger fish to fry.”

Down the country, Tony and Donna O’Donnell were also celebrating the arrival of a little prince after Owen William came into the world at Tipperary General Hospital at Clonmel.

Tony (28) a builder, and his wife Donna (26) a stay at home mum told the Irish Independent that their choice of middle name was coincidental and named after Donna's father.

"We saw Owen’s name in a book some time ago and instantly liked it, William is his second name and is named after Donna’s dad – that was always going to be the case,” Tony said.

“We had named the baby - Owen William right after he was born and before we heard the news of new prince being born at the exact same time.  So it’s just pure coincidence."

The couple, who are also parents to little Jake, 18 months,  both appeared on Hector on 2FM after RTE heard the news, and explained that the subsequent media attention only added to their joy. " Seeing Hector coming into the hospital to meet him was a great surprise, Tony explained.

"Word has spread throughout the hospital that Owen and the new prince share the exact same time and date and there is huge excitement around,” he said.

“We never expected this reaction in a million years but it just adds to our excitement.  It’s honestly a day, and time, that we will always remember."

The O'Donnells wished their best to the royal couple on their new arrival.  "We are just so happy that our little Owen is here, he’s our little treasure but we are also delighted for William and Kate on the birth of their little boy too. It’s a day and time that we’ll never forget! Word has spread throughout the hospital that Owen and the new prince share the exact same time and date and there is huge excitement around. We never expected this reaction in a million years but it just adds to our excitement.  It’s honestly a day, and time, that we will always remember."

Back in Dublin, and across the River Liffey at Holles, Emer (38) and Sean  Carty (36) from Blackrock welcomed their baby girl, who was born just a couple of hours before the young prince.

And they didn’t waste too much time mulling over a name, calling their new arrival Hannah Rose

Sean said, ‘‘She’s our princess anyway.’’

‘‘We didn’t find out about Kate until afterwards but my wife was as interested as anyone else about the birth and was reading up about it,” Sean said. 

Some 22 babies were born in the hospital yesterday with two babies coming into the world at around the same time as the young royal.

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