Limerick neighbours give birth to twins days apart

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THESE days all that most neighbours share is an address and a bin collector. However two women living next door to each other in Monagea now have much more in common, after they both gave birth to twins within days of each other.

THESE days all that most neighbours share is an address and a bin collector. However two women living next door to each other in Monagea now have much more in common, after they both gave birth to twins within days of each other.

Last month, David and Evelyn Scanlan of number 41 The Glebe welcomed twin girls Emily and Clara into the world.

Not to be outdone, ten days later John and Eimear O’Sullivan of number 42 had twins of their own, this time two boys, Sean and Pearse.

In the most unusual of circumstances, this quiet corner of a housing estate in Monagea village is now responsible for a miniature baby boom.

Evelyn told the Limerick Leader that since both sets of twins were born, the mothers and the babies have been busy keeping each other company.

“She’s always there if I want anything,” she said of Eimear, who already has a three-year-old daughter, Sorcha.

“I’d be over and back there, and she comes over here. It’s great to have someone who’s been through it. These are my first, but Eimear has a little girl already.

“We both have busy homes alright. But [Emily and Clara] are very good. They sleep away at night”.

Eimear, a native of Askeaton, said that her boys are already developing a boisterous side: “It’s fine, but they keep me busy in the mornings!”

Five-week-old Emily and Clara Scanlan weighed in at five pounds, one ounce and five pounds respectively. Sean and Pearse O’Sullivan, meanwhile, clocked in at five pounds, fourteen ounces and six pounds eight ounces.