'We'll take New Year baby Cian to watch Leinster', say parents
New Year baby Cian O'Leary is destined to attend his first Leinster rugby game "in the next few months".
His delighted parents Christine and Gareth O'Leary, from Firhouse in Dublin, are Leinster fans and they were already happily making plans for his first sporting outing.
While the first baby of 2018 was a boy, weighing just over 7lb, born in University Maternity Hospital in Limerick at seven seconds after midnight, baby Cian was the first arrival of the New Year at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin at 1.41am.
"I'm delighted he is safe and sound. The hospital staff were absolutely amazing," said Christine (32), who works in corporate sales.
"The plan is to get home and get settled and start a new life as a threesome now."
When the conversation turned to sport, the thrilled mother said: "We're Leinster supporters and season ticket holders. He'll be making his appearance at one of the Leinster games in the next few months."
Proud father Gareth (32), an accountant, quipped that his son could be a winger.
"We'll have to bulk him up a little bit," joked Christine.
She said Cian was "the image of his daddy", while Gareth said they could not praise the hospital staff enough.
"We just want to get him home and get settled," he said.
The first arrival at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin was Jacob Lacy.
Baby Jacob, born at 3.01am and weighing 8lb, brought delight to Portmarnock couple Leighanne Lacy (32), a teacher at Balbriggan Community School, and husband Eugene (33), a car salesman.
The first baby born at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar was 8lb 13oz Leon, to proud mum Sinead Daly and her partner Leon at 2am.
Meanwhile, Shakira Ryan (24), an A&E nurse based in Leeds who was home for Christmas, was busy "googling" newborn names after she delivered a 8lb baby girl at 4.18am at the University Maternity Hospital in Limerick.
The Knocklong mother-of-two, who also has a 13-month old son with her partner Ian, praised the "amazing" staff at the maternity hospital.