Kildare couple praise gardai for giving them a dig out to hospital to welcome baby girl during #StormEmma

Sinead Carroll went into labour on Thursday night

Sarah Peppard


Sarah Peppard


Kildare couple praise gardai and paramedics for giving them a dig out to hospital to welcome baby girl

James Coyne and Sinead Carroll on the way to Naas helped by Gardaí in Kildare

A couple from Co. Kildare, who welcomed a baby girl during Storm Emma, have praised Gardaí and paramedics in Naas for their help.

James Coyne from Kildare town and Sinead Carroll from Kilmeague welcomed beautiful baby girl Éala Belle in the Coombe yesterday, March 2.

Sinead went into labour at 9.15pm on Thursday night (March 1), and after an attempt by an ambulance to get out failed, local gardaí stepped in.

"I got the call from Sinead at 9.15pm to say her waters broke and the panic set in. How do I get to her, and then how to get the Coombe? We decided to call for an ambulance but that got bogged down on route", James told the Leader.

"But then we remembered seeing a Facebook post from Kildare Garda District saying they had a 4 x 4 for emergencies. Once I knew they had got to Sinead safely, I set off from Kildare to meet them in Naas."

James particularly thanked An Garda Síochána members Shane, John, Alwin for getting Sinead to Naas, and paramedics Fiona and Breffny for getting her to the Coombe and to all the staff in the Coombe who braved the weather to help deliver their baby girl.

"Éala Belle was born at 13:06pm Friday afternoon, weighing 8lb 8oz. Mam and baby doing great."

The question we all want to know though, were they tempted to call the baba Emma??

"Didn't even cross our minds!" said James.