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BBC duo's delight as they welcome baby boy Fionn

Connor full of on-air praise for wife Holly after birth of their son


New arrival: Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton

New arrival: Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton

New arrival: Connor Phillips and Holly Hamilton

BBC presenting duo Holly Hamilton and Connor Phillips have announced the birth of a baby boy.

Baby boy Fionn was born on Thursday - or 21/1/21 - Radio Ulster presenter Connor announced on his mid-morning show on Monday.

He said mum and baby were doing very well.

"He's loving life," Connor told his listeners.

He said the birthing plan basically "went in the bin" as they arrived at the hospital.

He praised all the staff at the Ulster Hospital for their efforts on making the couple comfortable.

"It's the weirdest thing, the scariest thing you'll ever do, but they made it... they just sat there and had the craic with us. And we were cacking ourselves," he said.

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"I just sat there, cut the cord, 'grab that wee man go out there and sit down... your wife is amazing'.

"This is one of the times. Men - sorry I don't want to talk men down - but men we are nothing compared to our female counterparts when it comes to child birth.

"It is just incredible."

Connor joked he had not been fired as some had suggested was the reason for his absence from the airwaves.

"Fionn Phillips," he added, "you can tell his mother is Holly Hamilton."

He said the last few days had been a "whirlwind".

"Nothing can prepare you for that first night," he said, "as you don't really understand".

"And the new human does not understand as well. So you have two sets of humans who do not understand and then you try and do something different the second night, you read all the books and you listen to all the experts and you go... 's**** you we'll do it our way'."

He said they were managing to grab two or three hours sleep, "but you know what, it is worth it".

Stand-in presenter Phil Taggart played some messages from listeners welcoming the birth.

He added: "I'm in bits here, that is amazing. Thanks to everyone that says I now have the duty of being the least immature in the house.

"We know that is not going to happen, I'm going to be the biggest child in this house well into this young man's years.

"Holly has now two kids. One semi-fully grown, and one three days old," he joked.

Holly, who's originally from Greyabbey in Co Down, and the Jonesborough man met when they were both together at Downtown Radio and Cool FM before landing jobs with the BBC.

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