Three Irish sisters have all given birth on the
same day, in the same hospital, while a fourth
sister who is also pregnant, was days overdue.
The three cousins were all born at Mayo General
Hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo, on Tuesday, 1
The sisters, who all live close to each other in
Cloonfad, County Roscommon, said the co-ordinating
births were not planned.
Staff at the hospital said the three babies were
healthy and thriving.
Mairead FitzPatrick was the first sister to give birth -
to a boy named Thomas Óg - at 03:25 local time on
Her sister Joeline Godfrey had a baby girl named
Sorcha at about 11:00, and the third sibling, Bernie
Ward, gave birth to a boy called Phelim at about
Their other sister, Christina Murray, is also a
maternity patient at the same hospital.
She had been due to go into labour on Sunday, but
went days overdue.
Ms Murray said she was a "little bit" disappointed
that she had not given birth on the same day as her
sisters, but was hoping to have her baby very soon.
Ms FitzPatrick told Irish broadcaster RTÉ that
although they were all expecting at around the same
time, they did not think the births would happen
within a 24-hour period.
"I was actually due on Friday, the 28th [of August]
and Christina was due on the 30th," she said.
She added that Joeline underwent a Caesarean
section on Tuesday while their sister Bernie, who was
due on Wednesday 2 September, gave birth a day
The maternity manager at the hospital, Mary Salmon,
said staff were surprised by the family co-incidence.
"We're all talking about it... the fact that we have four
sisters in and it's never happened, as far as we know
anyway, going back some time," she said.