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Young girl who’s dreams came true when she met Niall Horan has died

Leah Hession was the only girl in Ireland battling a rare form of kidney cancer

Published 18/07/2014 | 21:30

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Leah Hession and her mother Lorraine meet Niall Horan in May
Leah Hession and her mother Lorraine meet Niall Horan in May

A YOUNG girl who’s dreams came true when she had a private audience with Niall Horan at the Croke Park concerts, has passed away.

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Leah Hession was the only girl in Ireland battling a rare form of kidney cancer.

It had reached an advanced stage of the disease but the six-year-old got to meet her idol, the One Direction singer, earlier this summer.

Children’s cancer charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie arranged for the young girl to meet the Mullingar man just days after she finished painful radiotherapy.

But after a brave battle against the cancer, she passed away earlier this week.

Her death comes less than two months after the charity booked a room for Leah and her mother at Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Co Meath, and arranged for gardai to give them an escort into Croke Park for the concert.

“He was awesome,” said Leah afterwards.

“I love him.”

Last night Niall tweeted his condolences to the family.

“RIP Leah, it was an honour to have met you,” he said. “Very brave young lady. Thoughts are with Leah's family at this time.”

Leah’s body reposed at the family home in Ballyglunin, Co Galway, last night with burial mass to be held this afternoon.

She is survived by her parents Lorraine and Graham, brother Kyle, her grandparents and great grandparents.

The family have asked for donations to be made to Galway Hospice or St. Bernadette's Children's unit, University Hospital, Galway.

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