Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Just Born: Ruadhan Oistin Gearoid McKay

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Daithi McKay and his new son Ruadhan

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RICHARD and Joy-Ann Brewer from Northern Ireland have welcomed their first child Byron into the world all the way out in Sydney, Australia.Richard (30) a railway construction engineer from Londonderry and Joy-Ann (31) from Belfast, who is now a stay-at-home mum, said they are thrilled to be sharing their happy news with Belfast Telegraph readers.Byron Dennis Brewer weighed a healthy 8lbs5oz when he was born at 8.29pm on February 1 at the North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney.Joy-Ann said both she and Richard were slightly stunned when he arrived.
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Stacey McLaughlin with little Tiana

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@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -1st February 2012Mandatory Credit - Picture by Brian Little/Presseye.comBelfast Telegraph Register feature Antrim Area Hospital Maternity UnitRachel Duffy from Ballyclare with Jake James Robb, 7lbs 15 oz, born 06.16 1/2/12
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Nicola Rice with her daughter Dakota

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Bundle of joy: Claire with her first-born Emily-Jane

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That’s my boy: Ian and Lindsey Parkinson with baby Frazier

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Joanne Bickerstaff with her daughter Molly

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Pride and joy: Ryan and Kelly Creighton with Martha Violet

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Proud parents: Steve and Antonina with daughter Dara
Baby Lucas Marshall with mum Anna and dad Paul
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Baby Lucas Marshall born 16th December 2011

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Baby Lucas Marshall born 16th December 2011

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Lisa Cooper and baby Harry.
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Sonali Pawar with her son Vikram

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Greg and Jennifer Snodgrass with Maximilian

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Proud mum: Emma Skaggs with her daughter Aliya

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Jenny Hutchinson and Connell McGinley with baby Cillian

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The birth of a baby girl to Natalie and Paul Hunter

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Ciaran and Margaret Martin with their daughter Ciara

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Gareth and Faye with their baby girl Lucy Ava Neehan

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Oscar Hearst

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Amanda Davidson and John McKibben with baby Molly

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Tillie Mae McDonald at seven weeks old.

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Suzanne and Thomas with daughter Lillianna

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Marie and John Gordon was baby Rory p>To send us your Baby Pics Click here

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Leanne Hamill with her 3rd baby Ava Grace born at Antrim Area p>To send us your Baby Pics Click here

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Linzi and Misba Uddin with baby Ishmael p>To send us your Baby Pics Click here

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Julie Douglas is overjoyed at the birth of her third son Sam after having an emergency C-section p>To send us your Baby Pics Click here

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BABY CLARA HURST WITH BIG SISTER LILY IN SEATTLE.

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Ulster hooker Andi Kyriacou, with wife Rebecca and son Ted, has new responsibilities off the rugby pitch

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Deborah Archer with twins Erin and Elena

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Louis John Michael Hutchinson ~ Born Thursday 25th August ~ 2011 9lbs. 4oz to Denise and John. A brother for Chloe and Phoebe of Ballyclare.

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Andrew Maybin with newborn son Connor

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Joan McCourt with her newborn baby Alexander James Boyd at the Ulster Hospital maternity ward.

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Baby Liam Lawlor, born 3rd August, pictured here with his Daddy, Declan Lawlor, at 15 Minutes old. Look at the smile and the focus.

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Lauren Craig with her newborn baby Tristan

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Amelia Grace Gibson Crymble, born 3:10am 13th July 2011 to Michelle Gibson and Keith Crymble.

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Amelia Grace Gibson Crymble, born 3:10am 13th July 2011 to Michelle Gibson and Keith Crymble.

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Baby's Lily May and Maggie Rose McCullagh from Portadown born on Aug 2nd.

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Amy – born 23rd January 2011 in Chesterfield, 1st child to Mum Karen and Dad Dave.1st grandchild to Chris & Kyrie of Dundonald.

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Oscar Hearst

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Benny Beau Cooper, born 21/7/11 at RVH to Janice and Barry Cooper

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Liam James Shaw, born 02/08/11 in Plymouth MA, USA, to Kelly Shaw of Plymouth MA & Kevin Shaw of Finaghy, Belfast.

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Janice Moore and husband David with daughter Samantha (11) holding little brother Jai

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Ayesha was born on the 16/6/11 in the ulster hospital. Submitted by Barry Lammey

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Mia Harpur born 17/03/11

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Back home: Jayne shares quality time with daughter Emma

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Logan Thomas Senior, born 4 June 2011 to James and Amy Senior at the Ulster Hospital

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Julie Porter with her new baby girl Amber

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Anthea Crothers and Don McGrillen with baby Edan Francis

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Rachel Ferguson with her baby son Adam in the Ulster Hospital
Mum Gillian Cunningham with her twins Skyla and Cara
Chloe Judith Watson with new baby Chloe Louise
Paul and Nicola Willis with son Christopher Simon
Proud parents Carolyn and David with baby Kayne John
Diane Thompson, Paul Lillie and baby Jack James
Ciara Alexandra Kennedy with her adoring big sister Isla
Denise Montgomery with her baby son, her third child
Chris Melville and baby Karina Elizabeth Melville
Lyndsey Straney with her newborn daughter Sophie Claire

He is just seven weeks old, but little Ruadhan Oistin Gearoid McKay’s father has high hopes for his first-born. Already thoughts are turning to his education and, if all goes according to plan, one day Ruadhan will be hurling for Antrim in the saffron shirt.

But, then again, his dad is North Antrim MLA Daithi McKay, Sinn Fein’s education spokesman and a diehard Antrim fan.

Ruadhan weighed into the world at 6lb 8oz on January 20 at Altnagelvin Hospital, six days before his due date. Recalling that special day, Daithi said: “I was present at his birth and was the first person to hold him.

“This little, red, old man was screaming his head off and, when he was placed in my arms, he immediately calmed down. He must have recognised my voice.”

In spite of working in the demanding world of politics, Daithi says nothing can prepare you for fatherhood.

“You hear people talking about it, but you can’t really grasp it until it happens to you. It has been fantastic,” he said.

“He is a real wee character. It really changes your priorities in life.

“Already, at this stage, you are thinking about what school he will go to and what education he will get.

“You have to start thinking about those things from a personal perspective.”

Juggling fatherhood and his political responsibilities has left Daithi “burning the candles at both ends”, but he makes sure Ruadhan, who is “a mummy’s boy at the minute”, gets plenty of attention.

Plans are also afoot to take the new arrival to the corridors of power.

“We will be bringing him up to Stormont to show him off and introduce him to everyone,” said Daithi.

“Anyone who has seen photos of him thinks he is a really cute baby. He looks more like me at this stage, but there are bits of both of us in him — he has big feet like his dad.”

Reflecting both his parents’ origins, a special football shirt — half-Antrim, half-Tyrone — was made for Ruadhan, sporting his name, birthday and weight.

“It’s half-Tyrone and half-Antrim, but he will be an Antrim hurler,” said dad.

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