GAA stars Niamh McEvoy and Dean Rock welcome first child

Pic: Instagram/Dean Rock

Congratulations are in order for GAA stars Niamh McEvoy and Dean Rock, who both play for Dublin, as they have become parents.

The couple, who got engaged last December, announced that they had welcomed their first child over the weekend.

Dean shared the news on Instagram with a picture of the family of three in hospital to the delight of their followers.

The Dublin GAA star shared the name of their daughter, going with Sadie for their newborn.


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“Sadie Rose Rock,” Dean wrote. “I’m in awe of you Niamh McEvoy. You are an Incredible woman. What a magical feeling. Sadie has me wrapped around her little finger already.”

The couple was inundated with congratulatory messages from their friends and followers.

“Amazing! Huge congrats guys!” RTÉ Sport presenter Jacqui Hurley wrote.

“Comhghairdeas,” Dáithí Ó Sé commented, while Keith Duffy added: “Congratulations.”

Pic: Instagram/Dean Rock

The official Dublin GAA Instagram account wrote: “Huge congratulations to you both.”

Aussie Rules footballer Aisling McCarthy commented: “Huge congrats to you and @neevymc.”

Mrs Brown’s Boys actor Danny O’Carroll said: “Massive congratulations to you both.”

Dean’s inter-county teammates passed on their congratulations to the new parents including Paul Flynn, Paddy Andrews and Cian O’Sullivan. Dublin LGFA players also sent on their best to four-time All-Ireland winner Niamh.

Pic: Instagram/Dean Rock

Together the couple shares an astonishing 11 All-Ireland winners’ medals, with Dean having seven and Niamh having an impressive four.

As well as playing for football for Dublin, Niamh played Australian Rules with Melbourne Football Club before announcing her retirement from that sport in 2021.

She announced her decision to retire from LGFA in April of this year.

Niamh hosted a show on Virgin Media commentating on Women’s Australian Football League this year after playing Down Under for two years.

Outside of sports, the couple runs a cafe together in Dublin where they are both based.

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