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special deliveries... families welcome first babies of 2014

SHE waited two weeks to arrive beyond her due date and then was born just five seconds into 2014.

Emily Duff became the first baby of the New Year to be born in Ireland when she arrived at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin to delighted parents Brian and Monica Duff from Griffith Avenue in Drumcondra.

Brian said he is "a very proud dad" but was stunned to find out that Emily was the first baby of the year.

"She's really amazing, a lovely little kid. She looks just like her older sister Michelle, who is three-and-a-half," he told the Herald.

"Our main focus was pain management. We just dismissed the whole idea of time. We just wanted to have a safe delivery and a healthy baby. We are in complete surprise that she held on into the New Year."

Emily was due more than two weeks ago on December 17 and is the couple's third baby. She was born naturally and weighed 8lbs 1oz.

Mr Duff thanked the midwife and the rest of the staff at the hospital, who he described as "fantastic".

Emily was just one of ten New Year babies born at the National Maternity Hospital yesterday morning.


The second baby of 2014 was born just a few seconds later at Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin.

Eloise Browne was born 20 seconds after midnight to parents Owen and Eugenia Lomax-Browne from Firhouse, Co Dublin.

The couple's second little girl was born by Caesarean section and weighed in at 6lbs 8oz. Eloise wasn't due until January 27, but her parents said they were "over the moon" when they learned she was one of the first babies of the New Year.

Her mother Monica said: "She's 26 days early, but she's healthy, and we're happy, so that's more important.

"We never thought she would be born so early. We noticed it was getting close to the New Year, and realised we might have a 2014 baby."

Eloise's father Owen couldn't believe it when he got the call that his wife had gone into labour just a couple of hours before the New Year. The couple were looking forward to introducing their new daughter to Rebecca, her two-year-old sister.

At 14 minutes into the New Year, Aiying Chen gave birth to her third baby in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

Aiying is originally from China, and has yet to pick a name for her new baby boy, who weighed in at 7lbs 3oz.

Dozens of babies were born at hospitals all around the country in the first few hours of 2014.