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Sile Seoige enjoys 'magic few days' celebrating baby son's naming ceremony in Galway with family

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Grainne and Sile Seoige. Picture: Instagram

Grainne and Sile Seoige. Picture: Instagram

Sile Seoige

Sile Seoige

Sile Seoige, pictured after giving birth 7 weeks ago is photographed at the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Sile Seoige, pictured after giving birth 7 weeks ago is photographed at the Aldi Marquee at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Thyroid cancer survivor Sile Seoige announced her pregnancy in February

Thyroid cancer survivor Sile Seoige announced her pregnancy in February

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

Five-year all-clear: TV star Sile Seoige Photo: Tony Gavin

Five-year all-clear: TV star Sile Seoige Photo: Tony Gavin

Sile Seoige and baby son Cathal. Picture: Instagram

Sile Seoige and baby son Cathal. Picture: Instagram

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Grainne and Sile Seoige. Picture: Instagram

Sile Seoige said she had a "magical" few days after celebrating the birth of her first baby boy with a unique naming ceremony.

The broadcaster welcomed baby Cathal with partner Damien O'Farrell at the Coombe maternity hospital last August. The couple decided to forego the usual tradition of a Christening in favour of having their own naming event down in Sile's native home of Spiddal, Co Galway. They were joined by her older sister Grainne, who flew in from her adopted home of South Africa just to be there.

And Sile said she couldn't be more thrilled with how the day went, with throngs of family and friends joining them for the special event, which was conducted in Irish and English. Sile said she had a "magic few days in the West celebrating our maneen".

"I am so happy that we went for the experience that we wanted for him - a naming ceremony at home in Spiddal with family who travelled from Cork, Longford, Dublin and even South Africa to be there," she wrote on Twitter.

"It was a bilingual ceremony by a very close family friend which brought tears and laughter. It was personal, authentic and heartfelt and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

"Fresh air, walks on the beach, quality time with family, cuddles, sing-songs and plenty of craic."

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Sile Seoige and baby son Cathal. Picture: Instagram

Sile Seoige and baby son Cathal. Picture: Instagram

Sile Seoige and baby son Cathal. Picture: Instagram

It's been an eventful few years for the Gaeilgeoir, who has now retrained as a yoga teacher.

Nearly a year ago, the former Newstalk presenter was given the all-clear from her oncologist, five years after her diagnosis with thyroid cancer back in 2012.

She credited doing lots of yoga with helping her through an extremely tough time, when she didn't know what the outcome was going to be.

She said that she once worried that becoming a mum may not have been on the cards for her after her illness.

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Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

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However, she revealed the happy news that she was expecting in February of this year.

She also fulfilled her hopes of having a natural water birth at the Coombe hospital last summer.

Speaking about coming to grips with first-time motherhood, she said that it was much tougher than she expected, but so fulfilling.

"It's incredibly tough but incredibly rewarding. No one can explain it to you until you go through it," she told the Diary.

"It's tough but brilliant. It's one of those mental things.

"You're obsessed with this little thing."

She's now looking forward to spending her first Christmas with little Cathal and her other half Damien.


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