New arrival at the Mansion House!

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The Mansion House is delighted to announce that Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí and Lady Mayoress Fionnuala Keane today welcomed baby daughter Caoilfhionn in the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street at 9.13am and weighing 8lbs 4oz.
Baby Caoilfhionn is only the fourth baby known to be born to a serving Lord Mayor and the first since Sinead Mitchell was born in 1976 to Lord Mayor Jim Mitchell and Lady Mayoress Patsy Mitchell.    Lord Mayor Richard Smyth and his wife welcomed a baby in January 1824 and in September 1934 Sylvester Louis Byrne, the youngest child of Lord Mayor Alfie Byrne, was born.
Manager of the Mansion House, Fanchea Gibson, said “We in the Mansion House are all very happy to hear of the safe arrival of baby Caoilfhionn.  It will be lovely to have a small baby living in the house and is something none of us working here have experienced before.  Life is going to change here in the Mansion House!  All of us send our congratulations to the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Caoilfhionn’s older siblings Ailbhe and Briona.”

For Further Information please contact:   Lord Mayor’s Office Tel. (01) 222 6200


History on previous babies born during the term of office of a Lord Mayor
Baby (name unknown) born to Lord Mayor Richard Smyth and his wife in January 1824.

The Aldermen and Councillors clubbed together to buy either 'a piece of plate or a silver cradle value £100, in testimony of our congratulations to them upon a recent happy event'.

Sylvester Louis Byrne, born 7 September 1934 to Lord Mayor Alfie Byrne and his wife.  The baby was their youngest child and was named in recognition of his father's papal knighthood, the Grand Cross of Saint Sylvester.  In practice, he was always called Louis. The baby received two valuable gifts: a solid silver tea-tray, engraved with the Lord Mayor's arms,  from a group of 120 journalists, from all of the country's major newspapers 'as a mark of appreciation of Alderman Byrne's constant courtesy and kindness to journalists'.   Louis also received a silver cradle from the staff of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes.

Sinead Paul Mitchell was born in the Mansion House to Lord Mayor Jim Mitchell and his wife Patsy Mitchell.  When Sinead was born a telephone call of congratulations came from the Vatican, followed by a gift of rosary beads from Pope Paul VI - the baby's second name is in his honour.  Dr. Paddy Hillery, President of Ireland, also telephoned with his congratulations and Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave sent his son around to the Mansion House with a lovely little dress for the baby.