Special delivery: families dote on festive babies
There was joy for dozens of families who received an extra special gift this Christmas at maternity hospitals across the country.
Even before 9am yesterday, there were seven births at the Coombe Hospital, Dublin.
Carol Montgomery's son Neil was the first birth at Holles Street, shortly after midnight.
Neil arrived at 12.18am and Ms Montgomery described how it was an "extra special" birth for her family.
"It's extra special because I am a Christmas Carol.
"I was born on December 17 in the National Maternity Hospital," she said.
"His cousin Seamus was also born on Christmas Day in Australia nine years ago," she told the Irish Independent.
The first arrival at the Coombe at 12.37am was baby Sean Kelly-Murray, who was born to Paula Kelly and dad Gary Murray from Parkwest Point, Co Dublin.
New mum Emma Coll gave birth to daughter Hannagh Murtagh at 2.39am in the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.
Baby Hannagh weighed in at 9lbs 5oz.