Munster's Billy Holland says the birth of his son Matthew is a gift from his daughter Emmeline who died last year aged just six months old.

Holland and his wife Lanlih welcomed their newborn into the world last week and it comes after the recent Late Late Show appearance where the couple about the phenomenal care their baby daughter received at CHI at Crumlin before passing away last year.

Donations to the Brave Like Emmeline Holland fundraiser soared past €500,000 and Holland told 2fm's Game On of the emotional rollercoaster they have been on.

"We're delighted. Matthew's really good and he's our little gift from Emmeline and we are so proud of him."

The fundraising drive for CHI at Crumlin, Cork University Hospital (children's wards) and the Ronald McDonald House on the back of the television has taken the family by surprise.

"We were blown away by the support. The money raised by the Irish people was phenomenal. Not only that, for us it was the messages of support and the incredible number of families out there that have had variations of our story. 

"At times like now, and with our experiences of the last 18 months, sport pales by comparison, but we are very proud of what we did and the beautiful legacy of our little Emmeline.

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"Her life will have such a positive impact on so many people."

Holland, who made his International debut against Canada four years ago, was asked why they decided to go public about his daughter's tragic story.

"The strength and courage she showed in her six months showed me there was a bigger picture out there.

"Me, opening myself up and Irish men are really bad at showing emotion, I just felt we had to. We had to do something to tell people about Emmeline and I wanted people to know about my daughter. 

"A by-product of that was to raise money for three charities and show support and solidarity to other parents who are suffering in silence. We owed it to Emmeline and her courage to do this."