One Direction Niall Horan makes schoolgirl's dream come true at golf event
A County Down schoolgirl is on cloud nine after grabbing a picture with her boyband hero Niall Horan at the weekend.
Holly Carlin (9) was one of a few lucky fans who met the One Direction star after he played a round of golf at Royal Co Down in her hometown.
Horan was at the course for a private game ahead of his appearance at the Pro-Am tournament at the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle, near Ballymena, this week.
Holly's mother Kelly said the family had been planning to visit the castle to see if they could spot the star.
When they heard he was at Royal County Down, which just a few miles from their house, they decided to head out there and investigate.
"I didn't want to tell anyone because I didn't want word to get out," Kelly explained. "This was our one chance to see him, and eventually he came out. We waited for a few hours, but it was all worth it. Holly was in tears. She was so emotional, and in the pictures she was half crying and half smiling."
The singer agreed to sign an autograph for the starstruck schoolgirl, and then took a quick picture beside Holly, who was wearing her favourite One Direction T-shirt.
The young fan threw her arms around her hero the moment he agreed to take a snap, and she was even more delighted when the star took off his golf glove and handed it to her.
"She is still in the clouds," Kelly explained. "It was like a dream come true. She has loved him since she was four. She's always asked me if I think she'd ever get to meet him. We were planning to go to the Open on Wednesday, and I had warned her that she probably wouldn't get near him, so it's unbelievable that it happened like this."