Monday 19 February 2018

Singer's joy as Oscar turns up unexpectedly

Niamh Farrell with new born Oscar
Niamh Farrell with new born Oscar

Fiach Kelly

AN IRISH band's preparations for the Glastonbury Festival have been disrupted after their lead singer gave birth to a baby she didn't even know she was expecting.

Ham Sandwich's Niamh Farrell (25), gave birth to her baby boy Oscar, pictured right, in the Coombe Hospital in Dublin just over two weeks ago.

She had rushed to Tallaght Hospital complaining about what she thought were stomach pains -- but which she soon found was something completely different.

"It was a terrible shock for a few minutes when I went into labour, but then it was great," she said yesterday.

"I think my father Christy was the most shocked but a baby makes everyone happy."

Describing the moment of birth, she said instinct took over when she realised her contractions had nothing to do with nausea. "There is no point in panicking," she said. "You have to deal with the situation and make yourself get over the shock."

"I was literally doubled over in pain in the hospital. At no point did I realise that something was going on. Eventually a nurse called me and said: 'You're pregnant' and took me to see a gynaecologist, who told me: 'You're fully dilated, you're in labour'."

She said she did not suspect she was pregnant as she had irregular periods and put her "fat belly" down to weight gain.

Her band had just played a gig in London four days before the birth. "People have asked me how I didn't feel the baby kick or move during the eight months I was pregnant, but my mam said to me that if you didn't know what it was you would probably just pass it off as a cramp."


Her boyfriend Derek Byrne helped her through the ordeal, which lasted just an hour, and her parents Siobhan and Christy were soon at her side.

Baby Oscar has since forced the cancellation of numerous Ham Sandwich gigs outside Dublin because mum Niamh has been told by her manager to rest.

However, she and the group have managed to fit in a few Dublin concerts as part of their warm-up for the Glastonbury Festival in England next weekend.

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