THE Duffy quads, Thomas, Orla, Niall and JohnPaul, who were raised in Kilsaran Castlebellingham, have just celebrated their 30th birthday.
They were born on 7 May 1981 at Craigavon Area Hospital in county Armagh and are the country’s first known natural surviving quadruplets. Parents Peader and Elizabeth Duffy raised the famous four along with their younger brother Conor (26) and older sister Roisin (31).
“This is a wonderful day for the four of them and for Conor and Roisin and of course for Peader and myself, said their mother Elizabeth Duffy.
“We are very happy to spend it with close friends and family and we don’t forget the fantastic medical team at Craigavon 30 years ago who looked after the children and myself so well. Back then, Peader and I thought we were expecting twins, not quadruplets, and it was only a few days before the birth that we found out we in fact going to have four babies!
“Dr David Lowry acted so quickly at the time and his team of midwives and nurses were absolutely fantastic.
“We can’t praise them enough. We are all happy and healthy and have so much to thank God for,” said Elizabeth.
The only girl among the four is Orla, a graduate of UCD and is currently on a career break from her role as credit executive with ANZ Bank in Melbourne and said she was thrilled to be home.
“I have so many fond memories of birthdays growing up with the boys and this one really is very special, said Orla.
“We are all really proud of our parents and we thank them so much for the sacrifices for us over the years, and also for their patience!
“Mum and Dad treated us no different to Roisin and Conor.
“Admittedly I faired out well in the playground at school as I had three brothers with me at all times to look out for me.”