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Saturday 1 October 2016

Irish grandchild joy for US ambassador

Ambassador Kevin O’Malley and his wife, Dena Picture: Arthur Carron
Ambassador Kevin O’Malley and his wife, Dena Picture: Arthur Carron

Baby joy has filled the US ambassador's residence in the Phoenix Park following the birth in Ireland of a new grandson for delighted Kevin O'Malley and his wife, Dena.

Their son, Brendan, and daughter-in-law, Tara, welcomed their second child, Rowan, at the Rotunda Hospital.

"We're really thrilled that we're coming full cycle with this being the first birth here in Ireland in a hundred years for somebody from our clan," said ambassador O'Malley.

It was an "emotional" occasion for the whole family, but the new arrival has already settled in at the residence.

Refugees

"It all happened so fast. Everything went very, very well. Baby's fine, mom's fine," said the 69-year-old ambassador.

Brendan, Tara and their first son, 22-month-old Caelan, have lived with the ambassador and his wife since July last year. They will return to their home city of St Louis, Missouri, with their children in December.

"My grandfather was Michael O'Malley, from Westport," said the ambassador.

"It was the typical Irish immigrants' story. They didn't talk much, about Ireland. It was just too difficult for them," he said.

"They were economic refugees. I've seen the manifest from their ship and they had the equivalent of $20 with them when they left Ireland. It was around 1907.

"They had seven children that came over on the boat, then when they got to the US they had eight more."

The ambassador said the whole family were so happy following the birth of Rowan.

"There's something really emotional about it. This is the first O'Malley born in Ireland in over a hundred years," he said.

"It's a nice facet of our being here. We've had a great time with Caelan here and now with Rowan it's wonderful.

"I want Caelan and Rowan to have the same wonderful relationship with Ireland that I've had my entire life."

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