A young Keadue couple and their respective families were celebrating a new arrival this week - a baby girl born in the back of an ambulance in the early hours of Monday morning on snow gripped Meenaroy.
Ciara Gallagher was on route to Letterkenny General Hospital in the ambulance but the paramedics were forced to pull in to the side of the road with the infant about to emerge into the world.
And at precisely 2.53.am. she duly did in the presence of Ciara’s proud partner, Martin Boyle, who had been travelling in the car behind the ambulance.
“To put it mildy it was a massive surprise but the two parademics were brilliant. One of them, Mary Ward, who delivered the baby, lives only a mile away from us,” said the elated mother. The second parademic was Claire Doherty from Carrick.
Since the birth, Ciara and Martin, had been toying with names for their first child. “At one stage it was baby Meenaroy and someone else suggested to us that we could call her Snowwhite,” said Ciara who is employed as a home help with the H.S.E.
But they have now finally settled on Daisy Boyle. “There’s a Spring feeling to the name,” said Ciara.
Partner Martin, who works in the Killybegs fish factory, was equally surprised at the turn of events. “When I saw the ambulance indicating to turn in I was a bit panic stricken. It was snowing heavily at the time and we were at the top of Meenaroy in the middle of the night.
“It was an unbelievable experience. Fifty-five minutes to get from Dungloe to Letterkenny and a baby on the way! We’ve been flooded with phone calls and texts since.” Or, more appropriately, snowed under!
The happy couple paid tribute to the paramedics and the nurses at Dungloe Hospital.
“They were all great,” acknowledged Ciara.
As for baby Daisy she was sleeping and keeping mum about her unexpected arrival on snowcapped Meenaroy.