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Holly Sweeney takes newborn to cheer on Belfast Giants ace dad from sidelines

By Sara Neill

Holly Sweeney's new baby boy has already been taken to see his ice hockey player dad in action.

Less than two weeks since 24-year-old Holly gave birth to Max, sources said the model had settled well into motherhood.

Holly and her partner, Belfast Giants defenceman Jeff Mason, have yet to release a picture of baby Max.

The new mum has welcomed friends to visit her at home, but has kept out of the limelight, preferring to spend quality time with her son in their Holywood haven.

Catching up with a friend via Twitter on Friday, Holly revealed she would be taking Max to some of Northern Ireland's biggest sporting events at the weekend. And while Max will no doubt have enjoyed Ulster Rugby's 33-13 demolition of Zebre in Belfast on Friday, there wasn't such good news at the Odyssey Arena.

Holly – who split from World No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy in 2011 – is no stranger at Kingspan stadium, where Les Kiss's men scored a five-try win over Zebre, during their opening PRO12 home game.

A former member of Ulster Rugby's Rockette dance troupe, she used to get fans warmed up for matches with her high energy routines.

The following night, the Belfast Giants took to the ice to face Braehead Clan, although the home side narrowly missed out on victory.

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