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Tiny tots symbolise 2015's beginning

If anything perfectly captured the spirit of "out with the old and in with the new", it's this picture.

New Year 2015 brought a new addition to the Lucas family, from Lisburn, when this little bundle of joy was welcomed into the world on January 1.

Weighing in at 5lbs 13oz, baby Sofia Molly Lucas, born to mum Elaine, made her debut appearance at the Lagan Valley Hospital at 2.09am. Dressed in a tiny pink babygro and fluffy hat, the tiny tot slept peacefully as Pacemaker Press photographer Arthur Allison captured her start to life on camera.

Sofia was just one of a number of babies born on New Year's Day in Northern Ireland.

As revellers celebrated the beginning of 2015, the miracle of life was unfolding in maternity wards around the province. First of the New Year's Day newborns was baby Aoibheann McCaughan, who was born at Antrim Area Hospital at 12.22am.

Tipping the scales at 7lbs 1oz, she's the daughter of Leah and Malachy McCaughan, from Loughguile in Co Antrim.

Next for Antrim Area Hospital was the arrival of baby Jacob, born at 1.09am to mum Paula Saxova from Slovakia.

The Home from Home unit at the maternity wing of the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald marked the New Year with three new arrivals. The first of these was born at 1.52am to Jennifer Todd from Belfast who had a baby girl weighing 7lbs 5oz.

Meanwhile, at the Royal Victoria Hospital's maternity unit in Belfast, midwives and doctors were kept busy with the arrival of six births by 10am on January 1.

Eamon Grant and his partner, Geraldine Fox, from Andersonstown, called their first baby Tia.

She was born at 3.09am at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital.

It was a bumper year for newborns, with more than 20 babies born in the first 12 hours of 2015.

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