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Westmeath Topic - 18 February 2016

Westmeath Topic - 18 February

Westmeath Topic: 18 February, 2016 YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER Thursday, 18 February, 2016 • Issue No. 2294 • MADE €2 WELL WORTHIT! IN WESTMEATH Wedding of James Greville and Janette McCormack INSIDE Confirmation in Ballymore Out & About Michaela shines on ‘The Voice’ ONE IN A MILLION! Westmeath mother gives birth to THIRD set of twins A Killucan woman, who has four daughters already - two sets of twins - has created something of a record in welcoming a third set of twins into her family, also girls! The little twin girls, Mabie Jane, weighing 3 lbs 15 oz and Elicia Kate, weighing 5 lbs, 5 oz, were born on 30 January at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, Dublin. BY CLAIRE CORRIGAN Philomena Flynn already has identical twins, Emer and Tara, who are fourth year students in St. Finian’s College, Mullingar and twins, Emma and Rebecca, who are doing their Leaving Certificate at the same school. Speaking with Topic, Philomena Flynn described how she became a mother of four girls in just 14 months. “Emma and Rebecca were born in February, 1998 and it was quite early on in the pregnancy I found out they were twins. The second time, with Tara and Emer, I went in, and they thought I had an ectopic pregnancy. They brought me in for a scan and told me I didn’t have an ectopic pregnancy and it was twins again. Myself and Aidan just laughed and the doctor in Mullingar said he couldn’t get over how laid back we were about it. I said, “Sure what can we do, only get on with it? So they were born in May 1999 and there are only 14 months between the four of them.” Philomena credits her late mother with helping her through the busy period. “I still had my mother at that time and she was fantastic . She literally moved in with us and was here 24/7. She was a huge loss when she passed away two years ago in March. She left a massive void in our lives. I said to the girls that they’ll have to instil the values into the new twins that she instilled into them.” Philomena said that while her doctor was doubtful, she suspected she was pregnant after noticing some symptoms this time. “These are a pair of lovely surprises. I knew I was pregnant straight away. I had been planning on getting a hysterectomy and I went down to the doctor and he said, “Phil, don’t be ridiculous. There is no way you could be pregnant. It’s probably a kidney infection.” I said, ‘I don’t think so.” He was looking at the results and then he suddenly said, “You’re pregnant!” Philomena was then sent to the Coombe Women & Contd. on page 16 Call 087 7678283 Free Registration @ The Lir Music Academy Sean Whelan from Ballinea and Deirdre Eighan from Rochfortbridge, who received a Valentine blessing from Bishop Denis Nulty at the Shrine of Saint Valentine in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Dublin last week. SEE STORY INSIDE

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