All eyes are on the seaside town this week after a wave of births has boosted the population in the past year.
Rathmullan residents came together on Father’s Day to welcome the 31 babbling babies who arrived to the area in 2016. From February to December, 16 boys and 15 girls were born to parents here, and the baby boom called for a special celebration.
Village administrator Katrina Tasker noticed the curious Baby Boom and decided it was time for all the babies to meet each other before they all start growing up as neighbours and schoolmates.
“It was just last year I noticed there was bumps everywhere. Now they’re all here I thought it would be nice to do something to bring them all together. We started getting details in from all the mammies and we decided to do an event on Father’s Day,” Katrina told Donegal Woman.
A ‘Welcome to the World’ vintage tea party was held to celebrate all the new citizens. While the babies were centre of attention, the mammies and daddies all got a special treat too.
Chat about a boom!
Charlotte Logue (above, left) is the mum of baby Tommy, who was born on the 14th of July. She spotted an even closer link between the babies of the group.
“I’m from Milford and now living in Rathmullan, so it took us a while to realise how many there were and how many were on our road. There were 6 or 7 of these babies born on our road in the one year,” she told Donegal Woman.
“We’re not even in the town, we’re on a road outside Rathmullan – chat about a boom!”
Little Tommy’s dad, Brian McElwaine, joined the celebrations. “It was really nice for the dads to meet on Father’s Day because they mightn’t have known many of the others very well,” Charlotte said.
During the vintage tea party the mums got a chance to pamper themselves with some Fake Bake tanning products, because despite Rathmullan being a beachside town there is still a lack of sunshine.
Dads were treated to a voucher entitling them to a free pint in one of the local bars, with vouchers donated by the Beachcomber, The White Harte, Big Paddy’s. A quiet moment away from all the little ones may have been just the treat for the men yesterday!
The babies each received a personalised wooden letter with their initials and their birthdates engraved into it, kindly donated by Deirdre Williamson.
A special certificate was handed to the tots to mark them as members of this exclusive group.
Pin pointing dates
Katrina said she has been pondering the dates to figure out why there has been such an influx of newborns to Rathmullan, but admits there is no concrete theory.
“We had five babies born in July and five more in August, which may have been the Christmas effect. You could pin the December babies to Paddy’s Day, but apart from that there were no power cuts or anything that I can think of!” Katrina said.
“One mother has made a good point that the recession could be a factor. Many of the babies were a third child, so maybe the parents were waiting to be financially secure and to have permanent job contracts before expanding their families,” Katrina said.
Katrina is involved in the Baby and Toddlers club at the Rathmullan & District Resource Centre, where she is looking forward to seeing the youngsters growing up together.
“We’ll probably have some marriages come out of this group! It’s great for the schools and the numbers in the creche. We’ll need a double decker bus for the prom!
“It’s great for Rathmullan. We’ve only got a population of about 550 so it’s a huge boost,” Katrina said
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