It’s time to stop, say Ulster family with 11 children
A super-sized Ulster family have declared the arrival of their 11th child will be their last.
Delighted mother Edel Maher and husband Paul, from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, said they took it as a sign after Sadhbh Bernie arrived on June 16, 2011 – the date of their 11th wedding anniversary.
“We are taking it as an omen. Our 11th child arrived on the day of our 11th wedding anniversary. It is divine intervention saying stop,” said Paul.
The little girl, who weighed in at 10lb 2oz at 3.48am on Thursday, will be a sister for Aisling (3) who has been surrounded by a band of brothers.
On their first day home with their new arrival Paul, a Dublin Airport police officer, said they had given her the second name of Bernie after Edel's aunt who died a few days ago after a brief illness.
“We used to have a little ‘return home' routine where the new baby would buy something small for everyone. After a certain number, that went out the window. It became like little Christmas,” he said.
The father added that the older children are all very helpful towards their younger siblings. The football-mad brood includes Eoin (12), Cian (10), Darragh (8), Cathal (7), Conor (6), twins Odhran and Oisin (5), Fionn (4), Aisling (3), one-year-old Cillian and newborn Sadhbh.
Each day the family consumes eight to 10 litres of milk, two or three loaves of bread and two boxes of cereal.