Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall welcome baby boy

Baby named Jack Anthony Alphonsus

TV presenter Declan Donnelly posted this picture on Sunday, 24 July, welcoming the arrival of his baby son.

‘Shortly before 10am yesterday, 23.7.2022, Ali and I welcomed the arrival of our son, Jack Anthony Alphonsus, a very welcome ray of light. He is wonderful and Isla is beyond excited to be a big sister! D x’ he posted.

Alphonsus was the name of Dec’s father, who moved to Newcastle from Ireland with wife Anne in 1958. Anthony is of course the name of Dec’s TV partner Ant McPartlin.

Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, who live in Grove Park, were married in 2015 and had their daughter Isla in 2018.

The past few weeks has been an emotional time for Dec. The birth comes only a few weeks after the death of his brother Dermott, a Catholic priest, who died on 8 July. Two days before that he was picking up an award in the TV Personality category of the TRIC awards – Television and Radio Industry Club – with his partner Ant.

Some famous names have been leaving messages of congratulation. Love Island host Laura Whitmore posted: “Delighted for you both! Congrats xx” with a red heart emoji.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver added: “Congratulations to you all xxxxx”.

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