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'Brendan has always wanted to have a large family, but whenever we heard it was triplets, I thought he was going to pass out': Kirsty McMenamin

Downpatrick husband and wife have their hands full after very special deliveries

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Kirsty McMenamin and husband Brendan from Downpatrick with their daughter Zara and triplets Zoey, Cameron and Brody. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 12-09-2020

Kirsty McMenamin and husband Brendan from Downpatrick with their daughter Zara and triplets Zoey, Cameron and Brody. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 12-09-2020

Kirsty McMenamin and husband Brendan from Downpatrick with their daughter Zara and triplets Zoey, Cameron and Brody. Picture Colm O'Reilly Sunday Life 12-09-2020

Like most first-time mums, Kirsty McMenamin was engulfed in a sea of dirty nappies and night feeds when her daughter Zara arrived.

She and her husband Brendan had always wanted kids and were blissfully happy with their new arrival, so Kirsty didn't notice that she'd skipped a contraceptive pill or two. She didn't even notice her missed period, but when she started feeling a bit groggy, her sister Tanya Murphy recognised the signs.

"I was at her house and she suggested I do a pregnancy test," remembers Kirsty (29), from Downpatrick. "I said, 'No way'. I was on the pill and Zara was only 15 months old. It couldn't happen.