Kian Anthony Bourke, who weighed in at 3.31kg, became the first baby arrival in Ireland for 2015, popping into the world just four seconds after midnight.
He was born at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, to Jennifer, 28, and Karl Bourke, 27, from Artane, who have a seven-year-old daughter Gemma.
Karl said he was at home with Jennifer, a pharmaceutical accounts assistant, when at 6.30pm she said the baby was on the way — which came as a bit of a surprise as he wasn’t due until January 14.
“I rang the hospital and we went there,” said Karl. “I wasn’t looking at the clock and his mother thought he wouldn’t be born until 7am. But then he arrived.”
The Rotunda’s assistant director of midwifery, Fiona Hanrahan, said that, in all the time she’d worked at the hospital, she couldn’t remember a New Year’s birth that close to midnight.
Ellie Dormer had the distinction of being the country’s second arrival when she entered the world at 17 seconds past 12am.
She was born at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, weighing 3.57kg, to Sinead and Crevan, who are from Sandyford. The couple have another daughter, Katie, who will be three in March.
Saoirse Breen was was born at 1.02am at Cork University Maternity Hospital weighing 3.74kg. She is the first child of Amanda, 29, and David Breen, 35, from Glanworth, Co Cork.
“She’s a week early,” said Amanda, who works with Dell Software at Mahon Point. “It’s an amazing experience and she’d just gorgeous. Everybody says she looks like David.”
Emily Crowley, whose parents Carolann and Keith are from Gurranabraher, had the distinction of being the second arrival at CUMH at 2.59am.
Meanwhile, babies also arrived at 1.40am at the Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinalsoe and 1.43am at South Tipperary General.
Shay O’Hara came into the world at 2.54am at Sligo General Hospital to Aideen and Fearghal O’Hara from Carrowmore. He weighed 3.45kg.
At Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, John and Melissa Moloney welcomed their son at 3.20am.
He weighed in at 2.35kg.
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