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Proud parents celebrate after Keane's dash to be at birth of Robbie Junior

Blooming new mum Claudine Palmer has revealed that she is over the moon with baby Robbie Keane Junior.

The wife of Irish football captain Robbie Keane gave birth to a healthy baby boy at the weekend, two days ahead of a planned Caesarean section.

"We are delighted with the arrival of Robert Ronan Keane," she said. "He weighed in at a healthy 7lb 5oz."

And yesterday, proud dad Robbie appeared relaxed as he visited Claudine (25) and their first son at Holles Street Hospital at 11am.

Claudine said that although the baby came two days early, there were no complications.


"I was fortunate enough to have had a natural, healthy delivery," Claudine said. "We are thrilled with Robbie Junior who has been named after his father and my brother Ronan, who is his godfather."

"Both myself and my family would like to thank Dr Peter Boylan and the staff at Holles Street Hospital, Dublin, for their encouragement and support throughout," she added.

There has been a stream of visitors to the hospital since Saturday but soccer star Robbie (28) just made it home in time after playing for Tottenham Hotspurs against Everton.

Claudine had returned to Ireland to be near to her mum towards the end of her pregnancy, however Robbie remained t the couple's London base.

But the Premier League footballer made it just in time for the birth of his son, named for his father Robert Snr who died of liver cancer six years ago aged 51.

And it is reported that the Keanes have been approached by celebrity magazines for the first snaps of the new baby.

The couple will be able to spend more time in Ireland with their newborn son, as Claudine had wished. The couple hope to bring up their son in Ireland.

Sources in the real estate industry have confirmed that the couple have viewed an exclusive house in Abington estate in Malahide with a view to buy as new home for the Keane family.


Houses in the development, which have also been favoured by other celebrities, start at the €3m mark.

Bookies are now taking bets that Robbie Junior will follow in his father's football boots and line out for Ireland and Spurs. Paddy Power gave odds of 100/1 for the boy to play a full senior international match for Ireland.

A spokesperson confirmed that both baby and mum are doing well and it is expected that they will be discharged soon.