Bread van driver Simon Monaghan was praised after he helped to deliver his baby daughter Niamh at home.
The 35-year-old who works for Linwood Foods in Armagh rushed to his wife Tania’s aid after she went into labour at 3.15am, just as he was getting up for work.
Tania (33) managed to get down the stairs of their home in Tydavnet , Monaghan, to ring Cavan hospital to say they would be coming in.
But shortly after phoning the hospital her contractions got stronger. Simon then phoned paramedics as his wife waited.
He then helped his wife to deliver the baby in a 45-minute long labour.
Ms Monaghan said: “I woke up at 3.15am with a mild contraction and the baby was born at 4am. I rang Cavan hospital to say I was leaving but I didn’t think I would make it.
“The contractions suddenly got very strong. My husband said ‘you aren’t going to make it to the hospital’ so he rang the paramedics. He tried to make me comfortable. I went through all the emotions — worry, panic and fear.
“My main worry was that I didn’t have any gas and air. Niamh was born in the space of minutes — Simon just caught her,” she added.
Mr Monaghan, who is originally from Yorkshire, has worked at the bakery for two years and delivers bread and milk.
As well as their recent addition to the family, the Monaghans also have two boys; Malachy (3) and one-year-old Ciaran.
He said: “I missed the first being born.
“Ciaran was straightforward, but Niamh was definitely the most memorable delivery.
“It all happened so fast. We were just glad that nothing went wrong.
“It was, of course, my wife who did all the hard work.
“I have to confess that I was a little nervous about having to deliver our baby.
“It’s a little different from delivering Linwoods bakery and dairy products.
“But I'm relieved to say I rose to the challenge and it was a truly amazing experience.
Tania added: “It all happened so fast. I’m just so glad I had a quick labour. I knew I could get through it quickly. I’m just so proud of my husband — it was an unforgettable experience.”