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Christmas baby a cause for double celebration in Dundonald

Jenny Cash from Dundonald with her new born baby girl at the Ulster Hospital. Picture by Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

THE arrival of Santa delivered Christmas gifts of a special kind at maternity wards across the north.

For one family from Dundonald on the outskirts of east Belfast, future Christmases will signal a double birthday celebration.

The Cash family welcomed their new as yet unnamed baby girl into the world at the Ulster Hospital at 1.15am - the same day dad Neil, a twin, celebrates his birthday.

And it was the same story in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin, where Justyna Zeilonka’s new baby boy Leon now shares a birthday with his father Robert.

The child was born shortly after 9am on Christmas Day.

Royal Victoria Hospital midwife Beca Glass with Aine Nesbitt's baby boy Conor and fellow midwife Maeve Dumigan with Jia Ling's baby girl Chen. Picture by Declan Roughan

The first Christmas baby to be born this year was Aislinn White's baby girl who arrived at 12.34am at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital and weighed 7lb 7oz.

Aine Nesbitt gave birth to a baby boy named Conor almost two hours later at 3.16am while Jia Ling gave birth to a baby girl, named Chen, at 8.47am and new mum Lisa Rodgers also welcomed her baby son into the world at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Lisa Rodgers with her new baby boy at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Picture by Declan Roughan

Rachel and Scott Thompson from Antrim with baby boy Finley who was one of five Christmas babies delivered at Antrim Area Hospital

Christmas baby Emma Harley-Mullan with parents Rebecca and Jack at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

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