Families across the country have welcomed new year arrivals including twin boys who were the first babies born in the country this year.

The first baby was born at one second past midnight, with his brother following six minutes later, according to the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

The newborns weighed in at 6.17 pounds (2.8kg) and 5.9 pounds (2.68kg) respectively.

Mother and babies are reported to be in good health.

In the National Maternity Hospital at Holles St in Dublin, a boy named Arlo River Elias was born at 50 seconds past midnight to mother Stacey Kenny and her husband Elton Rooney from Clonsilla in Dublin.

He weighed in at eight pounds, six ounces (3.8kg).

Meanwhile, the first baby of the New Year at the Coombe Hospital in Dublin was born at 7.45am.

The parents of the yet-to-be-named newborn are Ben and Rose Waldron from Kilcock, Co Kildare.

The baby weighed in at seven pounds 12 ounces (3.2kg).