Birthday celebrations for some come just once every four years. As do opportunities for women to propose marriage.
Kevin McCleary from Skerries county Dublin, born on 29 February 1991 celebrates his first birthday four years later. A leap year baby, Kevin usually celebrates his birthday on 28 February.
New born Leanne Bryan, born to proud parents Martina and Joe Bryan from Straffan in county Kildare, will also face the prospect of celebrating her actual birthday once every four years.
Scottish tradition holds that in leap year women can propose marriage. Gareth O'Connor chats to some couples outside Cleary's department store on O'Connell Street Dublin to see if any proposals have been made or accepted.
Gareth O'Connor reports for RTÉ News on 29 February 1996.