An ecstatic mum and dad had won an incredible 10 million / 1 chance by welcoming their SECOND set of twins on the third anniversary of their first set.
Overjoyed Noreen Fitzpatrick and Alan Patterson are still in shock after identical bundles of joy Sophie and Nicole were born on August 14th.
The little sisters arrived exactly three years after a caesarean to the day after their older twin brothers Daniel and Ella – and weighed exactly the same.
But the couple, from Headford in Co. Galway, had been anxiously awaiting complications during Sophie's birth, and the to, who was on the brink of death, had to be revived.
Alan, a construction worker, told the Irish Mirror: "We are absolutely delighted and there is great excitement between family and friends.
"None of them can believe it, and three years ago, having a bunch of boy-girl twins is different from having a second set of identical twin girls is now very exciting.
"Some people say they can see me in them and others can see Noreen in them and some people can not take it from others, even myself and Noreen struggle to separate them."
The family already had their hands full with their first twins – and Noreen has three children from a previous relationship.
Baby Nicole was born with a weight of 5.8 kg, the same as older brother Daniel, while baby Sophie weighed 6.2 kg, exactly the same as big sister Ella.
Alan, 42, said that the novelty of having two sets of twins born on the same day was not lost to the medical staff.
He added, "Even in the hospital there was a shout to see them, and the doctors and nurses said that this was the first time they saw it, two sets of twins born on the same date three years apart.
"Their 18th and 21st come on the same day, and I think it's the next time I and Noreen are going out for a night as things go."
About the worrying period when there were serious fears for Sophie, Alan added: "They have only been home since Tuesday, Noreen was a week at the University Hospital in Galway.
"Sophie was resuscitated seconds after birth, the doctors and professors looked at it, and none of them could find a reason why it happened." She spent two days at the ICU. [Intensive Care Unit] and she then came back to us and she is perfect since then and there is no bothering her.
"The doctors have tested it and everything came back normal, it was just her heart that went as close as possible to stopping as possible.
"We are just happy that things are going well, Noreen was great in the day, and even in panic she was never worried or excited, she kept a cooler head than me and she was the one who went through the operation. find mother, she's like supermum. "
Alan said on both occasions that he and Noreen, 38, a Claremorris, born in Mayo, found out that they had twins "there was shock".
He added, "I was black and blue for about a week, and Noreen smacked me as if it were all my fault! It was kind of a joke.
"She was told the date of the section and it only stayed for a while that it would be the date of the birthdays of our first twins.
"We had no control at all on the date, it was the date given to us, and it was a surprise, we were told that we were alert from week 26 and that Noreen wore them for 37 weeks.
"We were told that our bags had to be packed, ready to come in. But she carried them almost the whole distance, she had a very good pregnancy."
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