JOANIE, YOU WERE BORN RIGHT HERE!

SEÁN RE­CALLS 1989 DE­LIV­ERY DRAMA IN THE FRONT SEAT OF A VW BEETLE

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

ON AU­GUST 7, 1989, a lady gave birth to a baby out­side the garda sta­tion in New­town­moun­tkennedy, with the as­sis­tance of Sgt Seán Tier­nan, a pass­ing mo­torist, and the child’s fa­ther.

Last week, the lo­cal man, re­tired some 20 years, got the chance to meet that baby girl and show Joanie Edge the spot where she was de­liv­ered. Her birth made the front page of the Wick­low Peo­ple at the time, and both Seán and Joanie have copies of the news­pa­per from that week.

It was Joanie’s part­ner, another Seán, who man­aged to con­tact the re­tired sergeant and ar­range the meet-up.

They had been in touch with Wick­low Garda Sta­tion with their story, and were di­rected to Seán, who still lives in New­town­moun­tkennedy.

At the time of Joanie’s birth, mum Lor­raine lived in Ash­ford with her part­ner Paul Walker. The fam­ily later moved to Eng­land, and last week Joanie was tour­ing Wick­low with her part­ner.

Seán Tier­nan brought them to the very spot where Joanie was born in the front seat of a VW Beetle.

The cou­ple had been try­ing to make their way to Holles Street hospi­tal to wel­come their sec­ond child into the world, but the traf­fic had other ideas.

The team of mid­wives at­tend­ing their pa­tient had Y-chro­mo­somes in com­mon, with a fe­male garda im­part­ing ad­vice by phone from the sta­tion in Wick­low. Sgt Tier­nan, a fa­ther of five him­self, was more than up to the task.

He had charged down the lawn and jumped the wall to get to the fam­ily, who were brought to hospi­tal later by am­bu­lance.

Joanie came into the world a bounc­ing, healthy girl of 7lb 9oz and a it was a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for New­town’s lo­cal sergeant.

Seán and Joanie in New­town­moun­tkennedy dur­ing her re­cent visit. Seán with the Au­gust 11, 1989, is­sue of the Wick­low Peo­ple.

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