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
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