It was 1898 when the last baby girl was born in the May family of Ireland and after 117 years of waiting, the fam finally got its first female child.
Saoirse Grace May was born last Thursday to Laurence and Leanne May.
Only male babies were born to the May family from Ballinrobe, Mayo, for more than a century.
But that all changed when Saoirse Grace May arrived last week to proud parents Laurence and Leanne May.
“It’s terrific because we’ve gone so long without a girl in the family,” proud dad Laurence said. “There’s great excitement, everyone was delighted. We had great celebrations. We didn’t know it was going to be a girl, it was a surprise.”
He said he checked the family history records and was shocked to learn it had been so long since a girl was born.
“I checked the census records from 1901 and the last girl to be born in the family was 1898 when my grand aunt Anne was born”, reported the Daily Mirror.
Anne would have been Saoirse’s great-grand aunt.
“I’m an only child and my father is an only child so I don’t have any nieces or nephews.”
Little Saoirse was born at University Hospital Galway and Laurence said he hoped it heralded a new age for the May family and joked: “It could be all girls from here on in — you never know”
h/t NY Daily News
photo: Courtesy May family