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Say hello to the first NI babies born in 2020


Tamara Tierney with baby Shane, born at 12.01am on New Year’s Day at Altnagelvin Hospital
Tamara Tierney with baby Shane, born at 12.01am on New Year’s Day at Altnagelvin Hospital
Laura Small with baby boy Rory
Lisa Woods with baby Poppy
Lucie Berkiova with baby Armani
Keiva Troupe, dad Warren and baby girl Pixie at the Ulster Hospital
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Northern Ireland didn't have to wait long for its first new arrival of 2020 - and the race to be the first baby born in the new decade was won by little Shane Tierney in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry.

Born to Derry mum Tamara Tierney, Shane weighed in at 8lb 2oz and arrived just seconds into the New Year at 12.01am.

A staff nurse at Altnagelvin, Tamara (26) hadn't expected Shane until his due date of January 8.

In hospital since Monday, she said she'd lost track of time and was amazed when Shane was born to the cheering of midwives as the clocked turned past midnight.

"That's the first I knew the New Year had arrived, right at the same time as Shane," she said.

"My mum was there for the birth. I think she was secretly hoping Shane would hold on for an extra minute or two as midnight was getting closer."

One minute later baby number two arrived at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. Pixie Troupe, daughter of Keiva Troupe and Warren Stokes, from Bangor, arrived at 12.02am weighing 7lb 13oz. Hair stylist Keiva said she was overjoyed as Pixie arrived to the sound of New Year fireworks outside the labour ward window.

"I was brought in on Monday so I thought she would have been here before now, but she seemed determined to hold on a little bit longer," said an overjoyed Keiva.

At 7lb 11oz, Jamie Porter entered the world at 12.33am at the Ulster Hospital, the first child of mum Hannah and dad Jason from Finaghy. A busy start to the new decade at the Ulster Hospital continued an hour later as Hillsborough mum Katy Irwin welcomed a baby boy at 1.42am.

Back in Derry, Altnagelvin celebrated three further arrivals.

Kate Miller from Limavady gave birth to a 7lb 13oz baby boy (no name yet) at 1.52am.

Another baby boy, Baille O'Connor, was born at 11.09am weighing 6lb 10oz.

And to round things off he was followed by little girl Faye Hasson from Derry at 11.35am weighing 8lb 11oz.

There were three further proud mums from Belfast as they welcomed new arrivals at the Royal Jubilee Maternity.

Mum Lisa Woods welcomed a baby girl named Poppy at 1.51am, weighing 8lb 13oz.

A few minutes later Lara Small became mum to Rory, after her son was born at 2.04am weighing 7lb 4oz. Finishing off a hectic start to the New Year for the midwives, Lucie Berkiova was delighted to introduce her new baby boy.

Armani was born at 8.19am weighing 5lb 9oz.

Not to be left out, the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen welcomed little Arthur Brown.

Mum Laura and dad Sean became parents at 2.44am, their little one weighing 7lb 7oz.

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