Ireland’s first sextuplets have been named, it was announced today.
Young mother Nuala Conway delivered her babies 14 weeks early on Friday at the Royal Maternity Hospital Belfast.
They are Ursula, Austin, Shannon, Karla, Eoghan and Kerrie. All six are still in intensive care.
The four girls and two boys, who weighed between 1lb 7oz and 2lb 2oz were doing well.
The couple, Nuala and partner Austin, are from Kildress, near Cookstown, Co Tyrone.
Their children were born through Caesarean section in an operation involving 30 medical staff.
The birth was over in just five minutes between 11.19am and 11.24am, according to the experts who carried out the procedure.
Doctors confirmed the babies were not conceived through IVF.
The babies’ parents, who are in their 20s, had kept news of the sextuplet pregnancy secret from most of the small rural community where they live.
Friends and neighbours have since showered the couple with their best wishes, while community leaders said Nuala and Austin could expect plenty of support when they eventually bring home their instant family.