Three Times a Baby!
Cormac, Kevin and Declan Lyons are miracle babies.
The trio, born to Desmond and Kerry Lyons on October 10, are identical triplets, a very rare phenomenon which is all the more astounding because they were conceived naturally. Identical triplets are as rare as in one in one hundred million births according to some experts.
Desmond, 41, whose father was born in Co. Cork, and Kerry, 37, whose Irish roots lie in Munster also, welcomed the Irish Voice into their home on Monday, 10 days after the birth of their bundle of joys and four days after they arrived home.
The triplets join three-year-old son Liam and one-year-old daughter Ciara, and their dog Finnegan, making it quite a growing family tree.
Desmond and Kerry both agree that their adorable babies have already brought tremendous joy into their now very busy lives.
"Aren't they just handsome!" smiled Kerry proudly.
Liam, who has been crowned "Chief of the Little People" by his mom and dad, returns from visiting friends to proudly introduce his brothers.
"This is Cormac," he said as he points to a beautiful baby dressed in green. "And this is," he pauses, turns to his mom and asks, "Who is this?"
"This is Kevin and that is Declan," she smiles back at him. "Oh ya," he nods in confirmation.
Little Ciara, who wakes from her nap with a smile and joins the rest of her family on the porch, tells her mother she wants to kiss her new brothers. Gently she reaches over each of the three babies - Kevin in Dad's arms and Cormac and Declan in Mom's - and plants a loving kiss on their foreheads.
"Again," she asks. Kerry, 37, obliges. "She is dad's little princess," whispers Kerry.
In the short space of feeding their sons on the porch, several neighbors popped by to bring dinner or offer a helping hand to the Lyonses. "Our neighbors have been just great. I really don't know what we will do when we have to start going back to cooking," laughed Kerry.
Desmond, who visited Ireland regularly as a child with his parents, is a partner in the Lyons/McGovern law firm in Sleepy Hollow with a second office in Manhattan. Lyons is also active in a variety of business and trade related organizations such as the Ireland-U.S. Council for Commerce and Industry, the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. and the Westchester County Association.
Being a busy man before the arrival of the triplets - Desmond is also the president of the Brehon Law Society in Westchester County and serves as village prosecutor for the Village of Irvington, the Village of Elmsford and the Village of Sleepy Hollow - he is now doing a great job dividing his time between work and family life.
When the kids all get a little older, and a routine has been firmly put in place, Lyons said it is his dream to bring the family to Ireland to show them the birthplace of their grandfather, Michael, who passed away a few years ago, months after being honored by Irish America magazine as a Top 100 Irish Americans honoree.
"We'll have to bring them there to kiss the Blarney Stone," jokes Desmond.
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