Tipperary welcomed two newborn babies into the world on New Year’s Day, in what was described as a ‘busier than usual’ Christmas season at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Jenny Hutton from Tipperary town welcomed her little baby boy Mason Paul at 1.43am, making him the first person born in Tipperary in 2014.
Mason Paul , weighing 7lbs 4oz, was followed later that day by little Lily Morozova, born to Oksana Morozova, who lives in Carrick-on-Suir.
A spokesperson for the HSE said there were no babies born in Tipperary on Christmas Day.
“However the run up to Christmas was very busy.” There were five babies born on St. Stephen’s Day, three bundles of joy arrived on New Year’s Eve, and five more babies were born on January 2nd. “It’s been a very busy period. It’s busier than usual for Christmas,” said the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, there were no babies at all born to Tipperary mothers in Limerick’s University Maternity Hospital.
“Would you believe that there was nobody at all from Tipperary here during the 24-hour period,” said a spokesperson. “There wasn’t one Tipperary baby.” The spokesperson joked that it didn’t bode well for Tipperary’s future prospects on the hurling pitch!. There were no figures available from the Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe regarding Tipperary babies at the time of going to press.