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Declan Donnelly and wife Ali Astall confirm the birth of their second child

Declan Donnelly has confirmed the birth of his second child, a child boy, with wife Ali Astall – simply two weeks after the sudden dying of his older brother. 

The TV presenter confirmed the shock birth in an Instagram post shared with followers on Sunday night and revealed they’d named the child Jack Anthony Alphonsus. 

The new child child’s title is partially a tribute to Dec’s long-term presenting partner Ant McPartlin and his Northern Irish father, Alphonsus Donnelly, who handed away in 2011 after battling most cancers. 

News of the birth comes as the TV persona, 46, grieves the loss of his Roman Catholic priest brother Dermott following his surprising dying at the age of 55 on July 8.  

Happy news: Declan Donnelly has confirmed the birth of his second child, a baby boy, with wife Ali Astall - just two weeks after the sudden death of his older brother

Happy information: Declan Donnelly has confirmed the birth of his second child, a child boy, with wife Ali Astall – simply two weeks after the sudden dying of his older brother

Taking to his social media platforms, Dec – who additionally raises three-year previous daughter Isla together with his wife – wrote: ‘Shortly earlier than 10am yesterday, 23.7.2022, Ali and I welcomed the arrival of our son, Jack Anthony Alphonsus, a really welcome ray of gentle. 

‘He is fantastic and Isla is past excited to be an enormous sister.’ 

Dec accompanied the message with a photograph of his new child son’s tiny hand clutching onto his finger.

Speculation mounted that Ali was anticipating when she missed the Bafta TV Awards in May this year.

Ali’s absence was notable as Ant’s wife, Anne-Marie Corbett, joined the Geordie duo for the glittering ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, the place they gained the Best Entertainment Show prize for Saturday Night Takeaway. 

Instead, a casually dressed Ali, 43, spent the weekend doing chores close to their dwelling in Chiswick, West London, the place she was seen carrying a hoodie, leggings and sliders, with an onlooker telling the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden: ‘She seemed as if she may be pregnant.’ 

Dec and Ali turned first time parents in 2018, welcoming child daughter Isla Elizabeth Anne into the world in August of that year.  

Ant and Dec’s official Twitter web page confirmed the thrilling information at the time with a candy snap of their new child daughter delicately holding her proud dad’s hand.

An accompanying caption learn: ‘Ali and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our child woman, Isla Elizabeth Anne, who was born simply after 9 o’clock this morning. Mother and daughter each doing nicely, Dad is head over heels! D x’

Dec has beforehand spoken about how fatherhood in 2018 modified his life after he married Ali, his former supervisor, in 2015.

‘Becoming a dad has utterly reworked me,’ mentioned Dec, 46. ‘I felt a love that I did not realise it was doable to really feel. Everything I do, on daily basis, is for my daughter now.’

Dec is about to put his beloved brother to relaxation at a funeral subsequent Friday after racing to be by his sibling Father Dermott Donnelly’s side after he collapsed earlier this month. 

The priest’s dying was later confirmed by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

Friends and household of Father Donnelly, who died at the age of 55, will collect in Newcastle subsequent week to bid an emotional farewell and pay their respects.

Paying respects: Declan Donnelly, 46, is set to lay his beloved brother to rest at a funeral next Friday before flying off to film I'm A Celebrity (pictured in May)

Paying respects: Declan Donnelly, 46, is about to put his beloved brother to relaxation at a funeral subsequent Friday earlier than flying off to movie I’m A Celebrity (pictured in May)

In addition to family members from Dec’s parents’ native Ireland, monks and clerics from throughout the North East area of England, the place Dermott served in the Catholic church, will attend, in keeping with the Mirror.

The Donnelly household mentioned in an announcement: ‘Due to restricted space, we’d encourage those that want to take part in the Requiem Mass on Friday 29 July to assemble at St Michael’s church.

‘The Mass can be live-streamed and Holy Communion can be made out there. Following the Requiem Mass, Fr Dermott’s cortege will move St Michael’s for individuals who want to pay their respects.’

Sad news: The TV star raced to be by his Father Dermott Donnelly's side after he collapsed earlier this month but the priest later died after a serious illness (Father Dermott pictured in 2015)

Sad information: The TV star raced to be by his Father Dermott Donnelly’s side after he collapsed earlier this month however the priest later died after a critical sickness (Father Dermott pictured in 2015)

Father Dermott was taken into hospital after a collection sickness and his body can be obtained into St Michael’s, Newcastle on Thursday. 

In an announcement after Dermott’s dying, the Donnelly household mentioned in an announcement: ‘It is with nice disappointment that I inform you of the dying of Fr Dermott Donnelly who died peacefully this afternoon in hospital.

‘This has come as an awesome shock to all of us.

‘Please pray for the repose of his soul and hold his household, particularly his mom, in your prayers at this tough time.’

Siblings: Declan Donnelly's brother (centre) died aged 55 after being rushed to hospital with a 'mystery illness' (Pictured: Ant and Dec with Dec's brother Dermott)

Siblings: Declan Donnelly’s brother (centre) died aged 55 after being rushed to hospital with a ‘thriller sickness’ (Pictured: Ant and Dec with Dec’s brother Dermott)

Heartache: The TV presenter wrote on Twitter: 'I am heartbroken to tell you that my darling brother Fr Dermott, @TweeterPriest, sadly passed away this afternoon'

Heartache: The TV presenter wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m heartbroken to inform you that my darling brother Fr Dermott, @TweeterPriest, sadly handed away this afternoon’

An insider had earlier revealed to The Sun how Dec – one half of the presenting duo Ant and Dec – had returned to the north east of England to affix his household at Father Dermott’s bedside.

They informed how the priest’s family members had been praying that he would ‘pull by means of’ after changing into ‘extraordinarily unwell’ in hospital.

The supply mentioned: ‘Dec arrived with different members of the family. There are round 12 of them there at the hospital.’

Father Dermott carried out Dec’s wedding ceremony to Ali Astall in 2015 in entrance of a star-studded visitor listing, which included the star’s TV sidekick Ant McPartlin and presenter Dermot O’Leary.

The parish priest from County Durham was additionally lately pictured exterior 10 Downing Street after being invited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to affix spiritual leaders to hope for peace in Ukraine.

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