NO REPRO FEE. 1/1/2019. The new Master of the National Maternity Hospital Professor Shane Higgins looks at baby Emily born 27 seconds after midnight on New Years Day, held by her mother Natasha along side her father Alan Philpott in National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

The Coombe maternity hospital in the capital narrowly missed out on having the honour of delivering 2019’s first baby – by just one second.

Little Amelia O’Brien from Clondalkin was born at four seconds past midnight in the hospital to parents Leanne Farrell and Alan O’Brien.

She missed out on being the first baby born in the country to little Meave, who was born in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Louth at three seconds past midnight.

At the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, baby Emily was born at 27 seconds past midnight to Natasha Philpott from Newtownmountkennedy, making the first three babies born in 2019 female.

The Coombe was home to three births within the first half hour of the new year, while The Rotunda’s first baby was delivered at 12:15am.