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Baby Lucy comes home after mum's tunnel dash

THE baby girl who hit the headlines this week after her dad helped deliver her on the roadside after a mad dash through the Port Tunnel is now home.

Proud parents Paul and Joanne Black brought their newborn daughter, named Lucy, home to Skerries, north Co Dublin.

Paul and Joanne were trying to get to Holles Street Hospital on Tuesday morning when baby Lucy decided she couldn't wait to enter the world.



Bigger

She was born in her dad's van at the side of the road just after they made it through the Port Tunnel, becoming the fourth child in the family.

Paul has since had to go out and buy a bigger vehicle for his expanding family.

"We've had to go out and buy a six-seater because we couldn't fit everyone on the old car," he revealed to the Herald.

Paul and Joanne knew they wanted an old-style name for their little girl, but it wasn't until she was born that they realised how difficult choosing the name would be.

"We had Lucy and Rose picked out, but in the end she looked more like a little Lucy so that's what we picked," Paul explained.

The new addition is now out of hospital and back in her Skerries home adapting to life in a busy family.

"She had no side effects from her quick delivery and is perfectly healthy," said Paul.

He told the Herald how they had been hoping they could make it to Holles Street on time before Lucy arrived, but it became obvious that were not going to make it while in the Port Tunnel.

"We got Joanne's mum around -- she doesn't live far away -- to mind the other three, and we got on the road as quick as we could," Paul explained to the Herald.

"I drove down the M1 and the traffic was fairly bad so I was using the hard shoulder most of the way.

"We flew through the Port Tunnel and I rang 999 on the way, and they put me through to North Strand fire station.

"They asked if we thought we might make it to the station, but Joanne said 'no'. She knew the baby was on the way."

But the drama didn't end there. As they reached the end of the Port Tunnel, Paul found that his electronic tag wouldn't work and the barrier would not lift to let them through.



Explained

"I explained to the guy that Joanne was having a baby and he let us through, and then I pulled over into the central median and flagged down a passing garda car," said Paul.

Joanne could feel that the baby's head was coming, and she barely had time to undress before the little girl popped out into Paul's waiting arms.

"It is always a joy being at the birth of your child, but to be the first one to hold the baby, as it is actually born, is extra special," he said.

cfeehan@herald.ie