Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Just Born: Charlie Alfred McDonnell

The McDonnell family
A COUPLE from Northern Ireland who emigrated to Vancouver Canada in 2004 are celebrating the birth of their first child together. Laura Holland (33) from Newtownards, Co Down and Robert Holland (39) from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, welcomed Callum Matthew Robert Holland into the world at 3.04pm on May 12, weighing 8lb 3oz. Laura's parents, Muriel and Lee Robinson, were at her side during the birth of their first grandson at Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock.
Lyndsey Straney with her newborn daughter Sophie Claire

Brian and Jenny McDonnell, from the Co Antrim village of Aghalee, have welcomed a second son into the world.

Charlie Alfred McDonnell weighed 8lbs 10oz when he was born in the Lagan Valley Hospital on May 30 at 8.15pm.

The baby boy, who was six days late, was given the middle name Alfred as a tribute to Jenny’s grandfather Alfred McCutcheon and he has quickly become a new best friend for the McDonnell’s other son James.

It was James’s fourth birthday the day before Charlie was born, so in the years to come there will no doubt be a few joint-party celebrations at the McDonnell household. “We are absolutely over the Moon,” Brian said.

“We are tired, as you would imagine. It’s an adjustment having two instead of one.

“It’s a big change for James. He is fascinated and says Charlie is his best friend.”

Brian, a financial adviser, and Jenny, a garden business owner, said staff at the Lagan Valley Hospital were wonderful and they can’t speak highly enough of them.

“We has such a good experience at Lagan Valley when James was born that we decided to go back again for Charlie’s birth,” Brian admitted.

“The midwives were great — in particular Joyce.

“We also want to thank our friends and family for all their good wishes and support.”

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