WHILE every child born is a bundle of joy to its parents, babies born on New Year’s Day are extra special.
The maternity unit at Portlaoise hospital welcomed three newborns on 1 January. The first baby of New Year’s Day 2019 born to a local couple was to Shola Ayodeji and Jeanne Bekombo from Portlaoise. Their baby girl entered the world at 11.30am and weighed in at 6lb 4oz.
An hour and six minutes into the New Year, Kildare woman Helen Dunleavy, accompanied by her partner Seán, brought the first baby of 2019 into the world at the maternity unit in Portlaoise hospital. Baby Tomas weighed 8lb 5oz.
The third baby born in the maternity unit on the day was Conor, who entered the world at 8.30am. He weighed in at 9lb 2oz. His parents are Adriana O’Connor and Kevin Riordan from Walsh Island, Co Offaly.