Saturday 23 June 2018

'Unsure if Beast is a suitable name for this little man!'- families celebrate the arrival of Storm Emma babies

Storm Emma arrival, a baby boy born today to proud parents Deirdre Magill and Richard McKeon
Storm Emma arrival, a baby boy born today to proud parents Deirdre Magill and Richard McKeon

Cormac McQuinn and Laura Larkin

One family are celebrating the arrival of a new baby in Holles Street - just hours before Storm Emma arrived.

The baby, a healthy baby boy, arrived on Thursday morning.

Overjoyed parents Deirdre and Richard McKeon, from Portmarnock, have not yet named their new arrival but dad Richard joked that they might call him 'Beast'.

Richard said the staff in the hospital are going above and beyond for all of their patients this week.

"The staff are sleeping on mattresses in the hospital to ensure they are there," he said.

The new baby arrived at around 9.35am on Thursday allowing Richard time to get home before the national warning kicked in to let big brothers Cillian (4) and Connell (2) know the big news.

'In Holles St, I met newborn Max - the late Garret Fitzgeralds great grandson. Here I am with Max & his mum Ciara & dad Brian.' Pic: Leo Varadkar/Twitter
'In Holles St, I met newborn Max - the late Garret Fitzgeralds great grandson. Here I am with Max & his mum Ciara & dad Brian.' Pic: Leo Varadkar/Twitter

With unexpected snow days and even some sledding, it's been a big week for the siblings - even before the new addition to the family.

Delighted Richard shared a photograph of his baby son and joked: "Unsure if ‘Beast’ is a suitable name for this little man just yet."

Meanwhile, newborn Max, the great grandson of the late Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald, said hello to the current office holder who dropped into Holles Street Hospital today.

Leo Varadkar visited the National Maternity Hospital this afternoon where staff are working, and babies are being born as usual, despite the threat of blizzards brought by Storm Emma.

The Taoiseach posted a picture of himself holding Max, the latest addition to Mr Fitzgerald's family, on Twitter this evening.

Max was born on Wednesday and proud parents Ciara and Brian Byrne joined Mr Varadkar in the photograph.

Earlier Mr Varadkar had posted that he was making the visit to thank staff for their dedication in working today.

"No matter what the weather, there are babies to be delivered and new mums to care for. Thanks for all the hard work," he said. 

This evening, health minister Simon Harris said that 17 babies have been born in the National Maternity Hospital so far today.

He said on Twitter: "Despite the adverse weather, our dedicated health professionals continue to keep our health services running" adding: "Sincere thanks to them all.

"How many babies called Emma, I wonder!," he said.

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