First baby of 2018 born in Limerick seconds after midnight

Baby boy weighing 3.26kg among many deliveries at State’s busy maternity units

The first baby of the year was born in Limerick this morning. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

The first baby of the year was born in Limerick this morning. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

 

The first baby of the new year was born at just seven seconds past midnight in Limerick.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick welcomed the baby boy, weighing 3.26kg (7lb 3oz), the first of many born in the State’s hospitals in the first few hours of January 1st.

Slightly later at the Limerick hospital, Margaret Phelan from Newport, Co Tipperary, had a 3.43kg (7lb 9oz) baby girl, as yet unnamed, at 2.55am.

Five babies were born in the course of the morning at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital in Dublin.

Margaret Phelan from Newport, Co Tipperary, with her new, as-yet-unnamed baby girl at University Maternity Hospital Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22
Margaret Phelan from Newport, Co Tipperary, with her new, as-yet-unnamed baby girl at University Maternity Hospital Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The first, a baby boy, was born at 1.41am to Christine and Gareth O’Leary from Firhouse and weighed 2.9kg (6lb 4oz). Baby Cian is the couple’s first child.

Five babies were born at Cork University Maternity Hospital in the first few hours of the new year. The first of them, a baby girl, was born to Petra Soltesz and Mark Cummins from Bandon at 3.22am. Baby Ella Louise weighed in at 3.85kg (almost 9lb).

Mr Cummins said the couple were delighted with the birth of their first baby, who had been due on New Year’s Eve, and said his wife was “a trooper” and that it was hoped she would leave hospital on Wednesday.

Petra Soltesz from Bandon, Co Cork, with her baby girl Ella Louise, the first Cork baby of 2018. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Petra Soltesz from Bandon, Co Cork, with her baby girl Ella Louise, the first Cork baby of 2018. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Grandparents and uncles of Ella-Louise were en route to the hospital on Monday afternoon to welcome the new member of the family.

The Cork hospital also had four baby boys born later in the morning.

Baby McCaughran (yet to be named), who was born at 1.14am at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on New Year’s Day. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Baby McCaughran (yet to be named), who was born at 1.14am at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on New Year’s Day. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Midlands mites

At the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, Sinéad Daly and Leon Martin from Kilbeggan welcomed their baby boy, also Leon, into the world at 2.10am. Nursing staff in the postnatal ward said they were both “over the moon” with the arrival of their first child.

University Hospital Waterford delivered a baby girl at 12.23am.

Two babies were born at Galway University Hospital, a boy at 12.49am and a baby girl at 6.47am.

At Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, the first baby of January 1st was a girl, born at 1.53am.

Christine and Gareth O’Leary with baby Cian, who was born in the Coombe at 1.41am. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Christine and Gareth O’Leary with baby Cian, who was born in the Coombe at 1.41am. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A baby boy born at the Rotunda Hospital at 1.35am was the first 2018 birth in Dublin. The National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street, the busiest maternity hospital in the State, had its first new year arrival at 3.03am.