This couple waited four years to become parents and after four heartbreaking miscarriages, when James and Grace Slattery’s four babies arrived they came within the space of four minutes of each other.
The couple from Caherconlish, Co Limerick, are celebrating of the arrival of healthy quadruplets just before 4am Monday morning.
The proud father had to be rushed by garda escort from Limerick to Dublin so that he could be there when the babies were born at the Rotunda Hospital.
Grace (31) gave birth via C-Section to three baby girls and a baby boy. They were born at 32 weeks and six days.
“From now I will be know as The Quad Father. They can’t take that away from me,” said Mr Slattery.
The Co Limerick quads ranged in weight from the biggest Amelia Helen, at 4lbs 3oz, to the smallest Mollie Rose at 2lbs 15oz, along with their brother Lucas James (3lbs 10oz) and Lily Grace May (3lbs 4oz).
Proud dad Mr Slattery (33), said the foursome arrived into the world in a dramatic fashion.
“I got a phone call at 12.30pm from my wife in the Rotunda to say that her waters were after breaking, and to be on standby and get ready to go,” he said.
“It wasn’t supposed to happen until Tuesday.
“Grace said to me: Look, you’re not going to make it here on time. See if you can get onto the guards and see what you can do and see if you can get an escort up’.”
Grace said the new deliveries “all came out kicking and screaming” and that “all are doing well at the moment”.
Mr Slattery, who has a son Joshua (13), from a previous relationship, said he and his wife have been married for four years.
“We’ve been trying for a while to have a baby and for the last four years we haven’t been successful,” he said. “We’ve had four miscarriages in the last four years.