Rory McIlroy made a special seven-year-old boy’s wish come true at the K-Club last week as he prepared for the Irish Open.
The County Down golfer may have fallen just short at the tournament after a meltdown on the 17th hole of his final round – but he was all smiles in the lead-up as he put seven-year-old Michael Horgan through his paces on the historic course.
Despite living with a brain tumour, Michael’s love for golf and football has never waned – with his heroes Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods inspiring him to stay strong throughout his illness.
When his family contacted Make-A-Wish Ireland, his initial wish was for a personalised message from Rory.
What he got was something altogether more special.
Michael joined Rory on his golf buggy on the final hole of his practice round – and even got the chance to offer up some caddy advice as Rory prepared to pitch in to the final green.
The pair enjoyed some great laughs as they discussed their shared love for golf and Rory offered the young man some invaluable putting tips.
Michael’s father Conor said: “Taking him out on the course with Rory was inspiring and added so much to the occasion – not just meeting him but being able to play with him is a thrill he'll never forget.”
'Making dreams come true'
Make-A-Wish Ireland Ambassador Padraig Harrington also met Michael on the course during his unforgettable visit to the K club.
Harrington proudly wore the charity’s logo on his sleeve throughout the week, signing and auctioning off his shirts to help raise further funds.
“I'm thrilled to wear Make-A-Wish Ireland's logo on my sleeve during the Horizon Irish Open,” he said.
“This event is not just about golf; it's about making dreams come true for children who truly deserve it.”
Make-A-Wish Ireland is able to continue granting wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses solely through the generosity of the public.
Research has shown that granting wishes significantly improves hope, positive emotions, health-related quality of life, and reduces anxiety in children with cancer.
Since 1992, the organization has fulfilled over 3,000 wishes, making a significant impact on the lives of brave children and their families.
To learn more and make a donation, visit makeawish.ie.