Saturday 24 August 2019

'Already Daddy's little girl' - Aoibhín Garrihy welcomes first child into the world

L-R are Ailbhe, Aoibhin, Doireann and Clare Garrihy on board the 'Star of Doolin' when it arrived at Doolin Pier in Co Clare this week. Pic: Arthur Ellis.
Blooming: Aoibhin Garrihy. Photo: Eamon Ward
Aoibhin Garrihy at the Irish Premiere screening of Oceans 8 at The Savoy Cinema, Dublin. Picturey: Brian McEvoy
Aoibhin Garrihy and John Burke at the Rehab People of the Year Awards. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Aoibhin and Ailbhe Garrihy at the Marks & Spencer Taste of Summer event held in The WHPR Courtyard. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Aoibhin Garrihy and husband John Burke. PIC: Aoibhin Garrihy/Instagram Newsdesk Newsdesk

Aoibhín Garrihy has announced the birth of her first child.

The former Fair City star (30) welcomed her daughter into the world on Thursday, sharing a picture on Instagram of the newborn cradling her father John Burke's finger. "Already Daddy's little girl," she captioned the black and white snap.

Garrihy's journey to motherhood has been well documented on her social media and she was working until the day before she went into labour, promoting her role as a best dressed judge for the upcoming Listowel Races.

She has also returned to her acting roots in upcoming Irish film Lost and Found, which hits cinemas next month. Director Liam O Mochain told he's thrilled for her growing family, saying: "I am delighted for Aoibhin and her husband John. Having a baby particularly your first is a special moment.'

Throughout her pregnancy, she came against critics for keeping up her exercise regime and said she was met with unwelcome advice and warnings from other mothers at nearly every picture she posted on Instagram - whether she was climbing Carrauntoohil or training for the Mini Marathon, which she declined taking part in in the end.

"When I uploaded a post about manuka honey, I was told I shouldn't be eating it because it breeds bacteria," she said. "Then when I posted a photo in a yoga studio I was told it was dangerous because it affects the blood flow. The whole area of pregnancy and motherhood is a funny one. People are quite opinionated.

"The most interactions I've ever had on social media is people telling me what's right and what's wrong in pregnancy.

"I'm probably the least 'mumsy' person I know. I have never seen a baby before this and gotten broody," she said. "I didn't know what an epidural was until I got pregnant.

Blooming: Aoibhin Garrihy. Photo: Eamon Ward
Blooming: Aoibhin Garrihy. Photo: Eamon Ward

"I just think it's important to look after yourself within limits and remember that pregnancy is not a condition. Everyone knows their own body and baby is boss so, whatever works, go with it."

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