Little Kieran Gibbons may Ireland’s first baby of 2016

Kieran Gibbons
Kieran Gibbons

Ireland's first baby born in 2016 was born at a Limerick Hospital, it is understood.

Little Kieran Patrick Gibbons was born at 11 seconds past midnight at University Maternity Hospital, Limerick.

It is thought that little Kieran, weighing 8lb 3oz, is Ireland's first baby of 2016.

His proud mother Jennifer told "It's fantastic. We're absolutely delighted with him."

Little Kieran arrived exactly on time, Jennifer from Dooradoyle Co. Limerick said.

"He was due on the first of the first and he arrived just on time. It's been a fantastic way to start the New Year"

Meanwhile, the second baby of 2016 was born at the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street. Little Gabriella arrived at 21 seconds past midnight. In Dublin's Rotunda Hospital a baby boy was the first delivery of the new year and was born at three minutes past.

In Cork Maternity Hospital, the first baby of 2016 arrived at thirteen minutes past midnight, while the Coombe welcomed a baby girl fourteen minutes into the new year.

The arrival of the baby girl, who has yet to be named, was an exciting start to the new year for her parents Michelle and Kehinde Adeoye, who live in Dublin.

It's been a slow night for New Year's babies in Carlow/Kilkenny and Kerry General Hospital, who have yet to welcome the first arrival of 2016, while in Sligo the first baby of the year arrived four hours past midnight.

It was a busy night in Westmeath, as five babies were delivered between midnight and 9am in Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, the first of which was a baby boy who arrived at twenty past twelve.

In Waterford General Hospital, three babies have been born since the clock struck twelve, the first of which was a baby boy born at 22 minutes past midnight.

In Wexford, a baby girl weighing 3.4kg was the first baby born in the county this year, arriving 27 minutes into 2016.