Fr ROY Donovan certainly had his hands full at the christening of the Slattery quadruplets but they were as good as gold.
Lucas, Lily Grace, Mollie and Amelia were baptised by Fr Donovan in Caherconlish church.
With four sets of godparents and many family and friends, there was a bigger crowd than normal to witness the ceremony.
Proud mum and dad, Grace and James said the eight had no hesitation when asked to be godparents - and all the resulting baby sitting duties.
“They had no reservations or at least they didn’t tell me about them anyway,” smiled Grace.
“They babies were like a dream, they were so good - I kept waiting for them to cry but not a peep out of them. They were looking around the church, taking everything in and looking at people,” said Grace. The godparents are Lee Flanagan and Jackie Collopy for Amelia; Jamie Flanagan and Michelle Costello for Lily Grace; Sonya Flanagan and Jeffrey Slattery for Mollie; and Karl O’Grady and Ursula Mackenzie for Lucas.
Fourteen weeks old this week the quads are getting bigger by the day and all weigh between nine and ten lbs now.
“It was a great occasion, we had loads to celebrate and loads turned out for it. We had a big party in the Millennium Centre afterwards. The babies lasted until 7.30pm and stayed awake the whole day,” said Grace, who wished to thank Fr Donovan.
“It was a fabulous service. It started in the drive, up to the altar, back to the font - it was lovely the way he did it and it felt very intimate,” said Grace.
Fr Donovan was understandably apprehensive as it is not every day a priest baptises quadruplets.
“I was a little bit nervous as it was a completely new experience. You would be wondering about the logistics but there was no need to worry. It was quite an easy occasion. There was no stir out of the babies at all, the godparents were excellent and the parents are very calm. It was a joyous occasion and a very moving experience for all of us,” said Fr Donovan, whose only minor issue was the names.
“On several occasions during the ceremony you have to have the names of each baby and working out which baby was which because they all look so alike!” said Fr Donovan.