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Our special babies: a perfect present for Northern Ireland mums and dads this Christmas

Celebrating on Christmas Day were Courtney Moore and David Farrell with their baby boy
Celebrating on Christmas Day were Courtney Moore and David Farrell with their baby boy
Nicole Cochrane and dad Martin Daly with baby girl Darcy.
Lauren Maher’s newborn baby Ciaran

By David Young

Meet the three Christmas babies born to mothers at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday.

Christmas was just 20 minuted old when new mum Lauren Maher welcomed her baby Ciaran into the world at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

He's pictured here sporting a sweet baby blue knitted hat for his first ever portrait photo.

Ciaran was delivered at 12.20am, coming into the world weighing 7lb 2oz.

Just a few hours later in the same hospital unit, Nicole Cochrane and her partner Martin Daly gave birth to their daughter, Darcy, at 3.36am.

Little Darcy - seen here with her fetching red Santa hat - was delivered by C-section weighing 7lb 10oz.

The third Christmas Day infant to be born in the Royal Victoria Hospital this year made an appearance just after 8am yesterday morning.

Courtney Moore and her partner David Farrell welcomed a baby boy at 8.22am.

The little boy weighed a healthy 6lbs 6ozs.

Courtney and David have not settled on a name for their little boy yet, but Noel must surely in the running!

Christmas babies are pretty exceptional - because there are not very many of them, according to official statistics

In the UK, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are the two days statistically on which the fewest babies are born.

But that just makes Christmas babies even more special - the best Christmas present anyone could wish for!

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