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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Christmas Day babies bring joy to families all over Ireland

Magdalena Kozuch with baby Christopher, born yesterday morning at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital
Magdalena Kozuch with baby Christopher, born yesterday morning at The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital

Festive congratulations are in order for parents across the country who welcomed new babies on Christmas Day.

Among the earliest arrivals was a baby girl born in Limerick University Maternity Hospital to first-time mum Nadine Keane (21), from Annacotty, Limerick.

Lily Siobhan Duggan arrived at 12.27am, weighing in at 6lbs 3oz.

In the capital, the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street celebrated its first baby born on Christmas Day at 1.32am.

Thrilled

Mum Aigerim Utegnova, originally from Kazakhstan and living in Dublin, is thrilled with her new arrival.

mum and dad Aoife and John Stewart and their daughter Laura (2), from Lucan, Dublin, with baby boy James at Coombe
mum and dad Aoife and John Stewart and their daughter Laura (2), from Lucan, Dublin, with baby boy James at Coombe

Ms Utegnova had only moved over to Ireland in recent weeks. Her husband, Kuna, has been living and working in Ireland for the past seven months.

The baby girl was born at 1.32am and weighed 8lbs 5oz.

"She was overdue by 10 days, so just by accident we happened to be the first one on Christmas Day," Kuna said. "That's amazing. It's my first child and she's been born in Ireland and on Christmas Day. I only got married to my wife about a year ago, so what a change this year."

The couple haven't settled on a name yet, but it's in the works, he explained.

In Coombe Hospital, a yet-to-be-named baby girl was born at 4.10am to proud parents Serena Devine and Kevin Devine from Kildare. The baby weighed in at 3.28kgs.

Dad Kuna and mum Aigerim Utegnova, from Spencer Dock, Dublin, with their baby girl at Holles Street National Maternity Hospital
Dad Kuna and mum Aigerim Utegnova, from Spencer Dock, Dublin, with their baby girl at Holles Street National Maternity Hospital

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