SEVENTY-five-year-old Norah Horgan and her nine-year-old grandson William Kelleher had a St Patrick’s Day to remember today as they watched the Parade from the Maldron Hotel on South Mall.
William, from Ballinlough, spent 20 weeks of pocket money renting out a room for his grandmother and his family to watch the celebrations together as Norah has not been to the parade for many years due to a back problem.
Speaking to The Echo, William said he had loads of fun watching the parade.
“My favourite part was listening to the bands as they passed. We waved at them from our hotel room and some of them waved back!”
William said that they had a great view of the parade from the room and it was definitely worth all the pocket money.
Norah said the whole day was 'surreal” and magical'.
"For my grandson to have the good nature and the kindness to do this for me is just overwhelming. I have no words for it. He planned it at last year’s Parade and 12 months later here I am!”
Norah said as a proud Corkonian she was delighted to be able to watch the parade. It was the first time she and William were able to enjoy it together.
“He’s a very observant person and he said to me he had never been to a parade with me so this is our first parade together.”
The 75-year-old grandmother said that the day could not have gone better: “It is all so wonderful. The sun was shining and it is just what life is all about. I am so lucky.”
Norah said the Maldron staff had been very welcoming and accommodating to them and there was a little hamper in their room for them when they arrived.
As well as this, William’s good deed sparked an anonymous kind gesture of its own with someone leaving a Smyths voucher at the Maldron for the kindhearted nine-year-old signed: “anonymous and impressed.”
“I’m going to buy Lego with it,” William told The Echo, “I love Lego. I was saving up for a Lego piece before I started saving for the Paddy’s Day hotel room for my nan and now I can finally buy it.”
Norah said the voucher was a lovely way to say well done to William and also said it was recognition of his thoughtful nature.
“Cork people are very decent and this is a fine example of that.”