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Brian O'Driscoll sees his daughter born... but can't help Irish deliver win hours later

By Aisling Scally

Brian O'Driscoll's wife Amy was the only one to deliver for the Irish rugby side yesterday as she gave birth to the couple's first daughter.

Match day kicked off to a wonderful start for the star Irish centre and actress Amy (33) as they celebrated the arrival of their little girl at 10.30am.

The couple named their daughter Sadie. Brian (34) was present at the birth just hours before Ireland took on England at the Aviva Stadium.

The first-time father left camp at 8am to be with his wife, but managed to tear himself away from his new bundle of joy in time to take to the field for his 122nd cap.

Despite social media dubbing baby Sadie Ireland's new lucky charm, the team lost to England 6-12 — not quite the result the new dad was hoping would mark his first baby’s birthday.

After losing Simon Zebo and Jonathan Sexton to injury, Ireland clawed their way back into the game with two Ronan O’Gara penalties to make it 6-6.

But two further Owen Farrell penalties and stout English defence meant Ireland were thwarted. The team may have been drowning their sorrows but former captain O'Driscoll was no doubt still looking forward to wetting the baby's head with Amy, whom he married in July, 2010.

The actress and best-selling author attended the Irish Film and Television Awards with her mum Sandra on Saturday evening, just a short time before she went in to labour.

She described it as “one last big night out” after joking earlier this month that she could have her baby on the red carpet at the awards.

Huberman is best known for her roles as Daisy on RTE's drama series The Clinic and Alice in the popular Comedy Central series Threesome.

Her novels Hello Heartbreak and I Wished For You have also enjoyed success in Irish and UK book charts.


The name Sadie means princess and traditionally was a nickname for Sarah. It was ranked number 124 in a 2011 poll for the most popular baby names. Sadie was a popular name at the end of the 19th century, but declined in popularity until it got a new lease of life since 2006 and has been on the increase ever since.

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