Rescued mum gives birth to triplets
Three of the country's newest citizens came close to being born in a snow-bound house in the mountains after deciding to arrive two weeks early.
'Snow babies' Aaron, Finn and Ryan Hayden-Freeman were born on Wednesday morning at Wexford General Hospital -- following a dramatic few hours after their mother Mandy Hayden-Freeman woke up with pains at 5am.
Mandy and husband John realised they'd a job on their hands to travel the 25 miles to Wexford and its hospital when their looked out the window of their home in Ballindangan to see seven inches of snow.
John immediately contacted the emergency services. While they tried to organise a helicopter, a fleet of two regular ambulances and two four-wheel-drive ambulances set off to the isolated spot near Kiltealy in the Enniscorthy area.
"I thought I was going to have them in the house," Mandy said.
Eventually, one of the ambulances made it to the house and got the expectant mother to Wexford at about 8.15am.
Little over half-an-hour later the triplets were born.
The babies weighed 4lb 4oz, 4lb 1oz and 3lb 15oz and, while healthy, will spend the forthcoming weeks in the hospital's special care unit.
The couple already have a daughter, Chloe, who will celebrate her ninth birthday next week.