Cel­e­bra­tions as Our Lady of Lour­des has first 2019 baby


The pop­ping of (non-al­co­holic) prosecco corks could be heard echo­ing along the wards of the Lour­des hos­pi­tal on New Year’s Eve, as two mums vied for the ti­tle of Ire­land’s first baby of 2019!

Ul­ti­mately the award went un­wit­tingly to Michelle Mon­tague from Kilmes­san, Co Meath, who wel­comed baby Maeve with her part­ner Si­mon Cox at just three sec­onds past mid­night, a whole one sec­ond be­fore the Coombe hos­pi­tal, Dublin!

‘It was mad, and the craic was amaz­ing,’ said the new mum. ‘It was my due date, so they were very ex­cited when I ar­rived in as they told me it was the first time the Lour­des might make it,

Michelle and her new fam­ily are set­tled back in Kilmes­san now and still enjoying all the at­ten­tion. ‘It will be lovely to show Maeve all the news­pa­pers when she is older’, she adds.

The new­est Drogheda cit­i­zen was born a few hours later when Cil­lian Micheál Ma­hon ar­rived into world at 3.42am weigh­ing 6 pounds 5 ounces.

Proud par­ents Tara and James Ma­hon are still enjoying all the ex­cite­ment at their Tullyallen home.

‘We didn’t re­alise it was such a big deal un­til we got to the hos­pi­tal, and we were the only two women there hav­ing ba­bies,’ says Tara, who is also mum to daugh­ter Robyn.

‘I wasn’t due un­til Jan­uary 4th, but started hav­ing con­trac­tions that day, and when I rang the hos­pi­tal, they joked whether I would give birth be­fore or af­ter mid­night!’

There was never a first new year baby born in Our Lady of Lour­des, so when the cou­ple did ar­rive, the at­mos­phere was elec­tric!

‘Ob­vi­ously I didn’t know I was in a race, and you could hear the cheer­ing and corks pop­ping when the other baby ar­rived, and we heard it was the first of 2019,’ says Tara with a laugh.

‘ They are in con­tact with all the other hos­pi­tals to time it to the sec­ond, and they were all great, in ter­rific form, and couldn’t have looked af­ter us bet­ter.’

Tara is orig­i­nally from New­grange, where proud par­ents Ciara and Michael McMe­namin still live.

Hus­band James’ par­ents Terry and Mary are Lim­er­ick and Gal­way na­tives, but moved here when Terry was prin­ci­pal of St Oliver’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Michelle Mon­tague, from Trim holds her baby Maeve, with ma­ter­nity staff mem­bers, from left to right, Catherine Smith, Maria Mc­Namee, Pamela McEl­roy, Denise Moore, Linda Flood, Mags O’Mal­ley, Eu­nice Nolan, Jo Burns and Ciara Dunne, baby Maeve was born at 3 secs past mid­night in our Lady of Lour­des hos­pi­tal in Drogheda. Pic­ture credit; Damien Eagers / INM

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