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Baby Kyron from Co Derry first born in Northern Ireland in 2018

Mum and dad Catherine Coyle and Paul Gately from Claudy welcome baby Kyron with Altnagelvin hospital staff midwives Joanne Russell and Rosleen McLaughlin and Sr Joan McDermott
Seanin Graham

MEET the first baby born in Northern Ireland in 2018 - and the team who helped deliver him.

Little Kyron Gately was born at 12.03am in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry to proud mum Catherine Coyle from Claudy in Co Derry.

The tot weighed in at 7lbs 1.5oz and was pictured with his dad Paul along with staff midwives Joanne Russell and Rosleen McLaughlin as well as Sr Joan McDermott.

Four other New Year babies were delivered in the hospital yesterday, including twin boys.

Nuala Herron from Gleneagles in Derry gave birth to her first little boy at 1.36pm followed two minutes later by his new brother.

Among the first bundles of joy to arrive into the world at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast was baby boy McCaughran, whose mum Trina is a nurse at the hospital.

The infant was born at 1.14am and weighed 8lbs 6ozs.

Baby McCaughran with midwife Louise Ui Eachain who was born at 1.14am at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Over the next five hours, three more babies were delivered in the north's regional maternity unit - another two boys and a little girl.

At the Ulster hospital in Dundonald, east Belfast mother Anja Schoeppe welcomed her little girl Tara Mae into the world 48 minutes after midnight. She weighed 6lbs 14oz.

Eleven minutes later a second little girl was delivered at the Ulster, April Isabella to Kircubbin woman Susan McGrattan.

Also marking the start of 2018 in special fashion was proud mum Georgina King, who had her little girl Annie Ivy at 8.11am on New Year's Day in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

A Newtownhamilton family, meanwhile, were celebrating at Craigavon Area Hospital after baby Sam Hyde in Craigavon Area Hospital was born at 1.54am to proud mum Susan.

The baby born in the Southern Trust on New Year's Day was Sam Hyde with brother and sister James and Maggie from Newtownhamilton in Co Armagh.

Almost four hours later a little girl was born in the Craigavon hospital to Armagh woman Carrie McKeown.

Across the border, meanwhile, the first baby of the new year was a boy weighing 7lb who arrived at just seven seconds past midnight in Limerick University Maternity Hospital.

The first birth of the year in the capital was a baby boy at the Rotunda Hospital at 1.35am.

New Year's Baby Mason with Mum Georgina Devine who was born at 4.53am and weighed 6 lbs 12.5 oz at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on New Years Day. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.

Celebrating the start of 2018 was proud mum Georgina King, with her little baby girl, Annie Ivy, at the Causeway hospital in Coleraine.

Baby Eben with Mum Sandra Bosse who was born at 3.00am and weighed 9 lbs 7.5 oz at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on New Years Day. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker.

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