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Eamon and Mae Doyle pictured at the roundabout in Kilkenny where they helped deliver a baby on Wednesday evening. Picture Dylan Vaughan

Eamon and Mae Doyle pictured at the roundabout in Kilkenny where they helped deliver a baby on Wednesday evening. Picture Dylan Vaughan

Eamon and Mae Doyle pictured at the roundabout in Kilkenny where they helped deliver a baby on Wednesday evening. Picture Dylan Vaughan

A BABY born on the side of the road after a car crash is doing well in hospital alongside her mother.

The mother was driving on her own from Carlow to St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny in cold, foggy conditions when she crashed into a roundabout after going into labour.

Medics say that the infant is lucky to be alive after such a dramatic birth in freezing conditions on Wednesday night.

The newborn presented to St Luke's in Kilkenny with mild hypothermia after her roadside birth.

The earlier accident happened on the outskirts of Kilkenny city as the woman was attempting to drive to the hospital.

A number of passers-by stopped to help the distressed woman, who is believed to be of African origin.

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Eamon and Mae Doyle, a couple from Kilkenny city, also stopped to offer assistance.

A young man told Mr Doyle, a retired garda, that the woman was about to give birth in the car and was lying across the passenger seat.

Mae Doyle told RTE news that when she went to help the distressed woman she said, "get ready to catch my baby".

Moments later the crying baby girl was born with Mrs Doyle acting as midwife.

Those who stopped to help found a blanket and wrapped the baby up until the ambulance arrived on the scene around 20 minutes later to take mother and baby to hospital.

The baby, who is understood to have three older siblings, weighed in at 7lbs after her dramatic road-side birth.

This is not the first time a woman has given birth on a roundabout in Ireland.

In 2013, baby Jamie Michael was born to parents Louise Currie and Kevin Twomey at a roundabout near the Jack Lynch tunnel in Cork.

His parents were on the way to hospital when they realised that the labour was too far advanced to get there in time.

Dad Kevin had virtually delivered the baby by the time HSE paramedics arrived on the scene.

Doctors at Cork University Hospital praised his good work in the bizarre circumstances.

Both mum and baby were in good health after their ordeal.

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