Michael Horgan's Wish: An Unforgettable Meeting with Golf Legend, Rory McIlroy


Seven-year-old Michael Horgan, hailing from Dublin, is an avid sports enthusiast with an unbreakable spirit. Despite living with a brain tumour, Michael's love for golf and football has never waned. His sports heroes, including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods, have inspired him to keep strong throughout his illness. Michael's initial wish was simple – to receive a personalized video message from Rory McIlroy. What he didn't expect was that this wish would evolve into something magical.

With the generous support of the DPWT, we contacted Rory McIlroy, who graciously decided to make Michael's wish an unforgettable reality. Michael and his family accepted Make-A-Wish's invitation to attend the Horizon Irish Open practice round at The K Club on Wednesday, September 6th. Little did any of them know that this visit would lead to an extraordinary encounter.

Michael was invited to join a golf buggy ride to watch the professionals up close. What he couldn't anticipate was that his golfing idol, Rory McIlroy, would share the buggy with him. McIlroy played the final hole of his round with Michael by his side, taking a break from his schedule to engage with the young fan and discuss their shared passion for golf whilst having few laughs along the way! This unforgettable moment will forever be etched in Michael and his family's hearts.

Conor, Michael’s dad, said of today’s wish: "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". 

Speaking on the wish, our CEO Susan McQuaid O'Dwyer said "Over the years working in Make-A-Wish, I have been privileged to have been present at many wish reveals and although I am very aware of the impact a wish granted has on a child and family, I never cease to be amazed. Michael's wish was no different. I don't think I'll ever forget the smile on Michael's face when he met Rory."

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