THE BAPTISMAL font in a County Limerick church had to be full to the brim on the day three sistersâ€™ five babies were christened.
Doon parish priest, Fr Tony Ryan, said he had never baptised so many children in one day apart from when he was on the missions.
The two sets of twins and a baby girl are the children of sisters Sarah, Laura and Kate (nee Ryan) from Gurtnakisteen, Pallasgreen.
The unique family occasion was the brainchild of Sarah, who is married to Gavin Whelan.
The coupleâ€™s twins, Evelyn and Ronan, turned one on Monday. As they live in Surrey in England, Sarah didnâ€™t want to have to ask people to travel over for the baptism.
â€œI was going to have mine christened in Ireland to save everybody coming over to England. I said to Kate when her little girl, Lucy, was born in October maybe I would have it at Christmas time and she could join in.
â€œThen we thought we would hang on for the Cullen twins as they were due in December,â€ laughed Sarah.
Little Connie and Tom Cullen duly arrived in December to proud parents Oliver and Laura, who live in Cavan.
The twins turned four months this week, while Lucy, daughter of Declan and Kate Ryan, is six months old. Kate and Declan live in Doon.
â€œOnce the Cullen twins arrived we said wouldnâ€™t it be one nice opportunity to get the whole family together and have everybody christened in the one go.
â€œSo we decided all together, the three of us, that it would be a nice idea. It was a once in a life-time chance,â€ said Sarah, who joked that the water in the baptismal font was nearly empty after the fives babies were christened!
They contacted Fr Ryan and made history in Doon parish but not for the priest. He had christened more than five babies in one day when he was on the missions, but never in Ireland.
â€œThere were two sets of twins which was beautiful and a little girl as well. It was a very special family day for them all.
â€œIt was a lovely ceremony and a very happy occasion. It was unique in the sense that it was three sisters and two of them had twins,â€ said Fr Ryan.
Sarah, Laura and Kateâ€™s proud parents, Patrick and Connie Ryan â€œBoleenâ€, certainly enjoyed the day and as they have three more daughters Brid, Marie and Christine, it probably wonâ€™t be the last time they go to a baptism!