Sunday, May 27, 2007

Rocco & Jay Welcomed Home

But no snaps before granda's big day

AFTER more than a month in hospital, the Taoiseach's grandchildren Rocco and Jay have finally made their way home.

While little Jay made his first trip home early last week, new parents Georgina Ahern and Nicky Byrne got an unexpected present yesterday when doctors gave the go-ahead for Rocco to join them too.

Last night, the twins were said to be "safe and sound" at home with their parents in Malahide, Co Dublin.

They had been cared for at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street since their birth there - six weeks premature - on April 20.

Both babies weighed around three pounds when delivered by cesarean section. However, since then the tots have been "piling on the weight".

Jay was first to be allowed home by doctors last Tuesday and Georgina and Nicky were not expecting to bring their second son home until later this week.

However, not to be outdone, Rocco ensured he was hot on his brother's heels.

"Rocco went home today. It was completely unexpected. Georgina and Nicky were expecting to bring him home later in the week. This is the best present they could have got," said the couple's spokesperson.

And while there is still no set date for the country's most famous babies' public debut, it will not be before polling day on Thursday.

The couple are going to discuss the release of the babies' first photographs with their families but have already decided grandfather Bertie Ahern has to get the election over with first.

Instead, the photograph is expected to be made public in the next two weeks.

In the days following the twins' birth, Nicky and Georgina turned down million euro offers for the first photographs.

Irish Independent

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