More than 20 babies were born in the Province in the first 12 hours of 2015, with the first arriving less than 25 minutes after the stroke of midnight.
Elated new mother Amy Fay, whose newborn baby girl Sophia arrived at 4.50am in the Ulster Hospital, said: “This is the best start to the new year ever for me.”
Sophia was one of four girls born in the South Eastern Trust between midnight and noon on January 1.
Among those, another baby was named Sofia and another Sophie.
The 24-year-old Dundonald woman, who hopes to get out of hospital today, said: “Sophia is doing well so far. She was 7lbs 2oz. She looks like her daddy at the minute. I have everything in the house ready for her. I am excited and I am so glad that she is here. This is the best new year I have ever had.”
The first baby was born in the Province at 12.24am in the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine to mother Leah McCaughan from Loughguile.
She was named Aiobheann and weighed 7lbs 1oz.
She was one of three babies born in the Northern Trust on New Year’s Day before noon.
Minutes later, at 12.29am, a baby girl was born in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen to Denise Dennison. She weighed 8lbs 2oz.
A spokesman for the Western Trust said they had seven January 1 babies – four girls and three boys.
Another three babies were born in the Belfast Trust. The first baby born in the Royal Victoria Hospital was a baby boy at 3.07am to mother Lina Valerice.
Hours later another two baby girls were born.
There were six births in the Southern Trust – five in Craigavon Area Hospital and one in Daisy Hill in Newry.
The first, a baby boy, was born to mother Shauna McGuinness at 12.44 in Craigavon Area Hospital.