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Thursday 29 September 2016

WATCH: The heartwarming moment a granddaughter surprises her granny at the airport with a trip to New York

Sasha Brady

Published 14/07/2016 | 12:20

Lorraine Butler surprised her grandmother Olive Chester with a trip to New York.
Lorraine Butler surprised her grandmother Olive Chester with a trip to New York.

This one will bring about all the feels.

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Grandmothers are the best, they take our side when we're having a disagreement with our parents, they make sure we're well fed and they keep us abreast of all the latest neighbourhood gossip, especially death notices.

So it's a great feeling when we're able to show our appreciation to them through random acts of kindness, like Tipperary girl Lorraine Butler who surprised her grandmother Olive Chester with a trip to New York for her 80th birthday.

Lorraine, who is based in Russia, originally told her grandmother that she would meet her in London for the celebrations but surprised her by showing up in Shannon Airport to meet her as she knew her grandmother didn't like to travel alone.

And then came the biggest surprise: the two were actually flying to the Big Apple, not London.

As Olive checks in she still thinks she's flying to London as Lorraine had let the woman at the check-in desk in on her scheme.

When the surprise is revealed, Olive's reaction is so lovely.

Lorraine told Independent.ie that the pair are "having an absolutely fantastic time ".

She said: "We've been out wandering the streets, soaking up the atmosphere and the heat! We've been up the Empire State building and around times square and today we'll head off to The Statue of Liberty. Nan is having the time of her life, she's enjoying the food, the cocktails and the craic."

Speaking of Olive's new-found celebrity status, Lorraine said: "She deserves it! She's the best. You're only 80 once!"

Fair play Lorraine, putting us all to shame.

Happy Birthday Olive!

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