Meet Noah, the baby born af­ter mother fled floods on a trac­tor

His mum and dad can’t wait to tell their son how he got his name

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Maguire By that evening, wa­ters of a dif­fer­ent kind broke news@mailon­sun­day.ie

A WOMAN who es­caped the tor­ren­tial Done­gal floods on a trac­tor has given birth to a baby boy – and she has named him Noah!

Edel Kerin, 35, was stranded in the town of Clon­many when dev­as­tat­ing flood­ing struck the Inishowen Penin­sula on Tues­day evening.

Edel, who was due to give birth on the day that the rain fell at a rate not seen for the past 100 years, was with her two daugh­ters, Emma, six, and Lau­ren, two, and her sis­ter Danielle, who was also preg­nant.

The pair be­came wor­ried about their par­ents, who live in Ur­ris, and were des­per­ate to check on them.

Lo­cal man, Nathan Noone came to the res­cue and drove all four in his trac­tor to the fam­ily home, where they spent the night, only re­turn­ing the next morn­ing when the flood­ing had sub­sided.

Mean­while, Edel’s hus­band Damian, 38, said he was forced to spend all day on Wed­nes­day clean­ing up his own par­ents’ home in Cock­hill in Bun­crana af­ter also be­com­ing stranded in the floods – and didn’t ar­rive home un­til 3am on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

By that evening, wa­ters of a very dif­fer­ent kind broke when Edel told her hus­band to pack the bags for Let­terkenny Gen­eral Hospi­tal as their third child was ready to ar­rive.

And just af­ter 1.30pm on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the cou­ple’s first son was born and weighed in at a very healthy 8lbs 4oz.

Damian re­vealed how the cou­ple just could not re­sist nam­ing their new bun­dle of joy Noah.

‘We had thought about a num­ber of dif­fer­ent names. Noah was one of them be­cause my dad’s name is Noel and Edel’s is An­thony.

‘We just thought that with the week that was in it and all the bib­li­cal con­nec­tions, we would name him Noah,’ said Damian.

Mum and baby Noah got out of Let­terkenny Gen­eral Hospi­tal yes­ter­day and re­turned to their home in Heather Park, Bun­crana.

Damian said ev­ery­one is fine and that him­self and Edel are re­ally look­ing for­ward to telling their son how he got his name and the event­ful few hours be­fore he ar­rived.

‘I was stranded and couldn’t get to Edel and the girls, but they are fine con­sid­er­ing all they’ve been through.

‘In fact, the girls wanted to get on the trac­tor and do the jour­ney again which is great con­sid­er­ing all they’d been through.’

hold­ing the baby: Big sis­ters, Lau­ren, two and Emma, six ,with new ad­di­tion Noah, want an­other go on the trac­tor

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