As One Direction roll in for Belfast gigs brave little Molly prepares to meet hero Niall Horan
The only way is Belfast for the world’s biggest boyband One Direction this week.
The four-piece, who shot to fame on The X Factor in 2010, played their final Dublin gig last night before heading to Belfast for three sold-out shows at the SSE Arena.
But a brave nine-year-old from Ahoghill has even more reason to be excited about their arrival.
In March 31, 2014 Molly Taylor was diagnosed with a brain tumour and throughout her battle one thing has kept her going — Niall Horan.
This week, after recently getting the all clear from cancer, Molly will meet her hero.
“Niall has been Molly’s favourite right from the very start,” said mum Lisa.
“He kept her going for the whole year she was in hospital, even when things really weren’t going well.
“She wouldn’t watch or listen to anything else but One Direction while she was in hospital and it was always Niall’s parts of the songs that she was obsessed with.”
But Lisa admits that Molly’s meeting with the singer from Mullingar feels “like a dream” because at one stage the Taylor family couldn’t even get tickets for One Direction’s Belfast gigs.
The mum of three said: “When the tickets came out, we had the phones going and were on the website and couldn’t get any at all, then a lovely ambulance man named Philip who Molly had got friendly with when she was having her radiotherapy went on a search for tickets and managed to get her three. It was such an amazing thing to do.”
And it wasn’t long before Niall heard about Molly’s story and sent her a video message.
In the clip, the 22-year-old said: “Hi Molly, it’s Niall here.
“Can’t wait to see you at the show — I heard you’ve been a very brave girl.
“See you soon.”
Lisa said: “Molly never stops talking and there were just no words that came out when she seen that. She was totally speechless.
“I don’t know what she’s going to be like when she actually meets Niall because if that’s what she’s like with a video, there’s no way she’ll be able to get the words out. I might need to get her to write down questions of things she wants to ask.
“It will give her such a boost after the year that she’s been through, though. Meeting her hero Niall will just be incredible.
“We never really told Molly how ill she really was — she didn’t know and she was so brave that she became such an inspiration to all of us.
“From the day she was diagnosed, everything just went wrong for her, but she has amazed everyone since day one and she continues to do so. She’s proved everyone wrong and her last scan was clear so we don’t know where it’s gone, but it has.
“She’s in great form now and has put a lot of weight on so she looks so much better now and is back to school full-time at Fourtowns Primary School and coping very well with the work.
“She has just smiled the whole way through it and Niall has played a big part in that.”
But it seems Molly will have another challenge to overcome before her meeting with the star — finding something to wear.
“She has that many One Direction t-shirts that it’ll be some fun choosing what she’s going to wear,” said Lisa.
“It’ll be the best night of her life.”
1d Tour setlist
Better Than Words
Story of My Life
Ready to Run
Don’t Forget Where You Belong
Best Song Ever
Little Black Dress
You & I
Through the Dark
Where Do Broken Hearts Go
Little White Lies
Steal My Girl
Act My Age
What Makes You Beautiful
Drag Me Down
HUGE FAN: Molly Taylor at home with her Niall Horan cutout and (left) with mum Lisa
ALL SET FOR BIG BELFAST SHOWS: Boyband One Direction