A first-time grandfather in Ireland was desperate to meet his newborn grandchild, and he didn't let the coronavirus pandemic get in the way.
The sister of Míchéal Gallachoir, whose wife Emma went into labour just as Irish health officials in Ireland were urging social distancing countrywide, posted a photo of her father meeting his grandson through a glass window.
"Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time" she tweeted, alongside a photo of her brother holding up baby Faolán to the window so his father could meet him.
Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/uyHHgBBXxb— Emma (@emmabethgall) March 21, 2020
The couple were advised not to come into contact with anyone after they left the hospital but Míchéal's father still wanted to meet little Faolán, even though he couldn't touch him.
Míchéal's wife snapped the photo of the three generations and sent it to the family on Whattsapp, where it was then posted on Twitter.
"We didn't think too much of it" Míchéal told Today.
The tweet was posted on the 22nd of March and in 24 hours has been retweeted more than 82,000 times and has over 619 thousand likes.
"My goodness please look after your Dad with all your might (even if you have to hold him hostage in his shed!)" one user replied to the tweet, adding "I need to see him holding his first grandchild on the other side of all this"
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 2 minutes away from him so he went up to say hello. He knew he couldn’t come in. He is looking forward to holding the baby soon.— Emma (@emmabethgall) March 22, 2020
"I'll make sure to post first cuddle pics!!" Míchéal's sister Emma replied.
Emma posted a follow up Tweet thanking everyone for the well wishes.
"Thanks everyone for your lovely messages! The good news is baby Faolán is doing great and oblivious to his new fame" she said.
"My dad is also doing well and is completely oblivious to his new fame" she added. "He wouldn't let me take a pic of him but he's smiling!"
"He knew he couldn't come in. He is looking forward to holding the baby soon."