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'We sped towards Holles St but he couldn't wait' - hero firefighter's help deliver baby in north Dublin

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Members of Finglas Fire Station  helped deliver baby Odhrán on Tuesday morning

Members of Finglas Fire Station helped deliver baby Odhrán on Tuesday morning

Members of Finglas Fire Station helped deliver baby Odhrán on Tuesday morning

THREE DUBLIN fire brigade firefighters helped to deliver a baby in inner city Dublin very early this morning after a woman in Glasnevin went into labour.

Firemen from Finglas Fire Station were called to the O’Flaherty home in Glasnevin yesterday after mum Laura went into labour at half past four in the morning.

Speaking to Independent.ie, her husband Joe said his wife woke him on Monday morning.

“Her due date was actually tomorrow.

“She woke up at around half past four because contractions were starting but she woke me at half past five, she just said, ‘we should start getting ready and get going’.

“I rang my parents because they’re on watch for our other son Fionn who’s 16 months old so someone needed to come up and mind him,” he said.

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Members of Finglas Fire Station  helped deliver baby Odhrán on Tuesday morning

Members of Finglas Fire Station helped deliver baby Odhrán on Tuesday morning

“By the time they arrived, Laura couldn’t move with the contractions because they were so bad, so we decided an ambulance was the best way forward.”

The Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance arrived within minutes and Laura’s waters had just broken.

Joe hopped in the ambulance with Laura and sped off towards Holles Street with blue lights- however, baby Odhrán couldn’t wait.

“it was snowing that time of the morning so that added to it.

“At seven minutes passed seven, we had to pull over on Lower Gardiner Street and the baby was delivered then.

“My mother told me later that we got into the ambulance at 6:52. 15 minutes later he was born and he came out screaming,” he said.

“We were both delighted when he arrived.”

Joe said he was very grateful to the three Dublin Fire Brigade firefighters, Kevin, Paul and John from Finglas Fire Station who helped to deliver the baby in the ambulance.

Both mum and baby are healthy and are due to come home in the coming days.

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