Birth of a new era as first babies of decade make a grand entry
The first babies of a new decade have been born, with Dublin claiming 2020's first arrival.
Hundreds of babies were born across the country yesterday, the first of them coming only 12 minutes after midnight.
Patience Setuke gave birth to her daughter Victoria Setuke in the Rotunda Hospital.
Victoria weighed in at a healthy 7lb 12oz.
The new mum was tired yesterday, but said she was delighted with her baby.
"I had a baby last night, a New Year's Day baby, just after midnight," she told RTE. "It was an eventful day, but the doctors were great."
Victoria was one of 10 babies who were born in the hospital before 1am.
The last one, who put in an appearance at 12.59am, was Clare Lynch's new arrival, who has yet to be named, although the little girl's big sister Nina (6) is pushing for Ava.
Ms Lynch and the baby's dad Pero Pejoski said they were over the moon with their 5lb 11oz bundle.
"It's very exciting," said Ms Lynch, from Blanchardstown.
"Everybody was really excited last night, even though it was very busy.
"All of the staff were brilliant, as always, especially on New Year's Day - you don't even know what day it is.
"I was here since Monday and you're thinking, 'Oh, maybe it'll be tomorrow', and then I never expected her to be one of the first of the decade."
According to Unicef, more than 392,000 babies were expected to be born yesterday across the world.
Donegal mum Ashley Barron was "on cloud nine" after delivering "the first little girl to be born in Limerick" at 4.33am yesterday.
Her daughter, who she has yet to name, weighed in at 6lb 3oz and arrived four days early, at University Maternity Hospital.
"She was due on January 5, but she couldn't wait, so she arrived at 4.33am," said Ms Barron, who runs the Junction Gastro Bar and Guesthouse in Limerick Junction, along with her partner MJ Buckley.
"She was the first little girl to be born in Limerick. She's as good as gold."
Mum was hopeful her daughter would be "the first of many, please God".
"She's 6lb 3oz and she's very long. I don't know where she's getting that out of, I'm only five-foot-three myself," she said.
"MJ's nearly six feet, so she might get it from his side of the family. "We'll give him the credit for that.
"Now that I've seen her, I don't know what to call her.
"She'll come into herself in the next couple of days and I'll choose a name then.
"I'm feeling great, absolutely on cloud nine."
Caroline Brady and her partner Derek O'Sullivan, from Bodyke, Co Clare, were also thrilled after their first born, was delivered at 6.41am, weighing 8lb 15oz, also at University Maternity Hospital.