The first baby of 2018 has been born in Limerick.
As the ball dropped and the clock struck midnight, little baby Ariana Shirin was just a minute away from coming into the world, the New York Daily News reports.
A spokesperson for the hospital told Independent.ie: "We've had a good year, we had the New Year and the Christmas baby".
Both St. Michael's Hospital and Humber River Hospital announced early Monday that they had welcomed new babies at exactly 12 a.m. on January 1.
However, Shiloh will share the 2018 New Year's baby honour. "Then when I saw the fireworks, it was so handsome, there was no pain", Khoza, 26, a first-time mom said Monday afternoon. She weighed 4 pounds, 11.5 ounces.
"I'm feeling great", said Oviedo, who is already mother to two other daughters, ages three and five.
First-time mother Emma MacDonald, 29, gave birth to 7lb 2oz baby girl, Bonnie Petrucci.
Both mom and baby are doing well, reports Dr. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the hospital.
He was followed by his twin sister, Victoria, seven seconds later.
"It's a biblical name that we found when we were praying for a baby", Khoza said.
Proud papa Sergon Gawro said he spent most of the night worrying about the health of his wife, Nadira Tijir, and their babies, but was pleasantly surprised by the timing.