Aoibhín Garrihy shares emotional tribute on her daughter’s second birthday

Aoibhín Garrihy and her family have been celebrating this weekend, as her eldest daughter, Hanorah turned two years old.

Sharing the exciting day with an adorable picture of Hanorah blowing out her birthday candles, Aoibhín revealed she was feeling particularly emotional about it;

“And just like that our baba is two 😢 I forgot how emotional the 27th June now makes me. My heart could burst with love for you.”

“Hanorah…our darling little rogue, you bring joy, fun and laughter to our lives each and every single day. Happy Birthday.”

Hanorah is Aoibhín’s eldest child, as she and her husband John Burke welcomed a second little girl, Liobhan, into their family last year.

She revealed they’ve particularly grateful to have had the chance to spend so much time together over the last few months during lockdown, and recently celebrated six months since Liobhan was born.

Sharing a number of gorgeous snaps of the youngster, she said, “Our little lady Liobhan is six months old today, and the best thing about life in lockdown has been all the precious time we’ve had getting to know one another.”


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The mum-of-two previously opened up about Liobhan’s birth, revealing it all got a bit too much for her husband John, who passed out while she was in labour.

Speaking to her sister Doireann on her podcast The Laughs of Your Life, Aoibhin recalled, “The baby was coming. I was in the late stages of labour and John was with me.

“I had a really bad pain in my back. I was sitting on the edge of my bed and I just wanted him to create resistance. I closed my eyes and I was focused on my breathing…[I was] in agony, obviously.”

“I had my eyes closed and I just asked him to do that and I felt a thump on my lap and I opened my eyes and he had fainted,” she said.

“And he was only there for a split second because the midwives – in fairness to them – just grabbed him and swept him away because they knew it would be really, really bad for me.

“One midwife stayed with me and she was like, ‘You’re okay, Aoibhin I’m here’.”

After taking a few minutes to gather himself, John was brought back into the room just before the arrival of their baby.

Aoibhin laughed, “I said to the midwife, ‘He’s never ever going to live this down and I’m going to tell everyone I meet because men are made of different stuff.’

“He was a bit redundant up until that point because he was just sitting there saying you’re doing great and taking pictures and annoying me.”

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