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Warm welcome home for baby Ruby - born on M50

THE miracle baby, delivered by her own dad on the roadside near the busy M50 last week, is settling in at home after the drama of her entrance into the world.

Proud mum Niamh Fitzgerald (33) and her fiance Wayne Curtis (39) are still getting over the surprise of baby Ruby's sudden arrival as they drove to Holles Street last Wednesday.

Now the couple, their two-year-old daughter Brooke and new baby Ruby are back at home.

"She's really doing great," said Wayne. "In fact, she had a bottle at around 1.30am last night and we had to wake her at six this morning for another one, so we wonder is it a sign of things to come," he added

"Brooke was like that too, so maybe we'll be getting some sleep," he laughed.

Weighing in at seven pounds, 14 ounces, baby Ruby was given a clean bill of health.

Speaking of the whole experience, Wayne thanked all who had helped during the drama.

"Everyone has been brilliant, and it was great to put a few smiles on faces," Wayne told the Herald.



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"And all the coverage of the story will be a great start to the scrapbook of Ruby's life," he added.

The couple are still in shock when they think about Ruby's sudden arrival. They calmly started their journey to the hospital, expecting she would go into labour in the afternoon or evening.

They were on the Naas Road on their journey from Rathcoole when Ruby decided to come early. Knowing they would never make it to the hospital in time, Wayne pulled his Mercedes into the side of the road near Bewley's Hotel and Ruby was born within a minute.

cfeehan@herald.ie