Fab Four: Five-week-old quadruplets make their first TV appearance

BABY POWER was to the fore last night as the country’s newest set of quads made their first public appearance.

And although they were all of five weeks and two days old, the Murray mites from Cork took the bright lights and attention completely in their stride.

Daniel, Aaron, Abbie and Raicheal Murray chose The Late Late Show for their debut and managed to put the rest of Pat Kenny’s guest list in the shade, despite not having a word to say for themselves.

The quadruplets were born on August 9 at Cork’s Erinville Maternity Hospital where a team of 18 doctors and midwives were on hand to guide mum Maeve and dad Ronan through their birth.

Although born prematurely, the two boys and two girls were all a fairly healthy weight - between 3lb 8.5oz and 4lb 1.2oz - and the first two came home last week after just a month gaining strength in hospital, while their remaining siblings joined them on Thursday.

The Murrays, including big sister, six-and-a-half-year-old Ciara, travelled unaided but undaunted during their expedition from Cork to the RTÉ studios in Dublin yesterday where the hospitality suite added bottle warmers and baby wipes to the usual refreshments for guests.

Travel is nothing new to the family who, up until earlier this year, were based in Dubai in the Middle East where Ronan works as a pilot with Emirates Airlines.

The babies were globetrotting before they were even born as Maeve was pregnant with them when she and Ronan decided to move back to their native Cork city for the births.

Ronan was literally on a flying visit home last night as he has had to return to work. But while it is hard for him to miss out on the daily adventure involved in caring for four babies, it also means he escapes the bulk of the work which has involved an average round the clock routine of 24 bottle feeds, 36 nappy changes and eight changes of clothing every day.

Quadruplets are a rarity in Ireland and just 16 sets have been born here in the last 21 years.

The Murrays are only the second recorded set born in Cork, arriving three-and-a-half years after the four daughters born to Pat and Brenda Murphy from Riverstick in 2002.

The quads are not identical and dad Ronan claimed they are already four totally individual personalities.

“We have laid back, boss, noisy and sleepy,” he said, adding that he expected to see two rugby players and two hockey players from his brood.

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