A newborn who was delivered on board a train in Ireland will be given free travel for 25 years, it has been announced.
The baby girl was born on a train from Galway to the capital Dublin on Tuesday after her young mother went into labour.
Many people on the train were heading to Dublin to attend a Backstreet Boys concert.
Passengers on board the train helped to deliver the infant, including a doctor who admitted he was “terrified”, the Irish Mirror reported .
Dr Alan Devine was on the train from when the young woman went into labour.
The medical professional was on his way to a conference when the train suddenly came to a halt.
He said: “I was terrified to be honest. I probably shouldn’t say it but I was trying to do what they say ‘A duck in a pond’ does. It’s sliding along cool looking but underneath the legs are going crazy. It was a bit like that.
“I’m a GP in training and not currently working as one. I would be far removed in dealing with this kind of situation.
“Even my training when I would have assisted with births and that kind of thing, it would have been in the hospital and totally surrounded by midwives in a sterile environment.
“But with this, it was totally chaotic and like ‘this is happening whether we like it or not so let’s deal with it as best we can.’