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The Cassidy quintuplets are coping well with isolation and are now looking to the future, writes David Looby

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Conor, Amy, Cian, Rory and Dearbháil Cassidy enjoying their birthday cake.

Conor, Amy, Cian, Rory and Dearbháil Cassidy enjoying their birthday cake.

The Cassidy quins with their parents, Veronica and Kevin

The Cassidy quins with their parents, Veronica and Kevin

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Conor, Amy, Cian, Rory and Dearbháil Cassidy enjoying their birthday cake.

Having one child sit the Leaving Cert is a challenge but when you have quintuplets, it's a whole other ball game!

Ireland's only quintuplets - Conor, Cian, Rory, Amy and Dearbháil Cassidy - have had a year to remember, as have their parents, Veronica and Kevin. In August the quintuplets celebrated their 18th birthdays at the Rotunda Hospital, where they were born on August 16, 2001. The birth of the 'Famous Five' that year was national news - (rightly so as quintuplets are a one in every 55 million births natural phenomenon) - and saw the babies feature as tiny guests on The Late Late Show.

Bridgetown couple Veronica and Kevin were originally told that she was carrying just one child. At the following scan, consultants told them it could be twins or perhaps triplets. Then, at the 11-week scan, they confirmed it was quintuplets. Born on August 16, at just over 25 week's gestation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), they weighed between 1lb 6oz to 1lb 11oz at birth.