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A global call to practice social distancing couldn’t stop one grandfather from meeting his newborn grandson.
Míchéal Gallachoir and his wife Emma welcomed baby Faolán during COVID-19 pandemic, making it impossible for their family to meet and hold their newborn son.
According to TODAY, Gallachoir’s wife went into labour on March 13 and delivered baby Faolán the next day, the same time Irish health officials alerted the public to practice social distancing and limit interactions with the public as much as possible.
Gallachoir said hospital staff encouraged both him and his wife to stay home with their newborn, and were diligent about disinfecting everything around the family and their son.
Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/uyHHgBBXxb— Emma (@emmabethgall) March 21, 2020
“Our district nurse would come on to sterilize all our clothes that we wore to the hospital,” he explained.
Gallachoir’s father, who lives down the road, walked to his son’s house to catch a glimpse of his first grandson through a window.
The moment the new grandparent laid on his grandchild was captured and shared with relatives via WhatsApp.
Gallachoir’s sister, also named Emma, shared the photo to Twitter.
“Three generations social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time,” she captioned it. Within 24 hours, the photo received more than 65,000 retweets.
“I love the photo but the look on your dad’s face breaks my heart,” one Twitter user wrote. “I pray this will all be over soon and he can rock that baby to sleep.”
Thanks everyone for your lovely messages! The good news is baby Faolán is doing great and oblivious to his new fame. Also Faolán is my nephew and it is my brother Míchéal holding him. His Mammy (whose name is also Emma) took the picture. pic.twitter.com/GZskMJdwgI— Emma (@emmabethgall) March 22, 2020
“Thank you for modelling what we need to do to stay safe, but it breaks my heart to see that grandad not being able to hold his grandchild,” another added.
Gallachoir said that he “didn’t think too much of it” when his sister shared the photo.
“My dad is also doing well and is completely oblivious to his new fame he wouldn’t let me take a pic of him but he’s smiling! My brother lives about ttwo minutes away from him so he went up to say hello,” Emma wrote in an update to Twitter. “He knew he couldn’t come in. He is looking forward to holding the baby soon.”