Cork's coolest granny fulfils lifelong Harley-Davidson dream

Cork's coolest granny fulfils lifelong Harley-Davidson dream
Hannah Hurley posing on a Harley-Davidson. Picture: Naoise O’Shea

WITH her love of Harley-Davidsons coupled with a razor-sharp wit, Hannah Hurley is a strong contender for Cork’s coolest granny. 

The 81-year-old, who hails from Glengarriff Road, recently had a lifelong wish fulfilled when she had the opportunity to sit on one of the famous American motorcycles donned in a branded motorcycle jacket, leather gloves and shades - like a character out of Sons of Anarchy.

Speaking to The Echo, granddaughter Naoise O’Shea (23) explained where her grandmother’s love of motorcycles came from. 

"My nan has always had a massive interest in taking pictures next to random things, be it a cut out of Cliff Richard, a monument or anything else. 

"She was in Knock a few years ago when she saw a man polishing a motorcycle and waited two hours for him to finish polishing so she could go over and take a picture. 

"She told me afterwards, 'I thought I’d never get down to it!'". 

Hannah is currently in Marymount and, after she recounted the motorcycle story to one staff member, had the surprise of a lifetime when she was given the opportunity to sit up on a Harley. 

Hannah Hurley posing on a Harley-Davidson. Picture: Naoise O’Shea
Hannah Hurley posing on a Harley-Davidson. Picture: Naoise O’Shea

"All the staff at Marymount love her and she certainly keeps them entertained. 

"After hearing the story about the motorcycle, one of the staff at Marymount, Sharon, went above and beyond and arranged for a man named Deckie who owns a Harley to come in. 

"Deckie even brought a Harley-Davidson book, t-shirt and motorcycle jacket in for her. She’s so small we were amazed he found one to fit," Naoise said.

Clambering onto the Harley-Davidson, Hannah was "ecstatic" by all accounts. 

Whilst there was talk of seating her in a sidecar, headstrong Hannah was having none of it and insisted on sitting on the bike itself. 

"Straight away she was telling Deckie to turn on the engine and when he did she said, 'that’s how you know it’s a Harley - you can tell by the sound'.

"All the nurses were looking out from the windows and waving. 

"Sharon even came in on her day off to see her on the bike. She’s the talk of the town now," Naoise laughed.

A picture of Hannah Hurley with a Harley-Davidson, painted by her granddaughter, also Hannah. Picture: Naoise O’Shea
A picture of Hannah Hurley with a Harley-Davidson, painted by her granddaughter, also Hannah. Picture: Naoise O’Shea

Described by Naoise as "the perfect balance of crazy, cute and hard as nails", Hannah is doted on by all of her family members. 

"I would have spent a lot of time with her growing up. 

"She would often mind us when my parents were at work and we still have a strong bond now. 

"I really like tattoos and I always show her whenever I get a new one. 

"She says she doesn’t like them, but I think she secretly does," Naoise said. 

Naoise’s cousin, also named Hannah (16) even painted a portrait of the photograph of her granny snapped in Knock next to the motorcycle. 

So adored is the octogenarian that when she hit the milestone birthday she even arranged for a cardboard cut out of herself to be at the birthday bash so that everyone would be able to snap a picture with her. 

"She’s so popular that she was worried she might not get around to taking a picture with everyone," Naoise laughed. 

"Anywhere the woman goes, she’s adored. You meet her and you can’t forget her."

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