A YOUNG boy who bravely battled a life-threatening illness was left speechless as he got to command a Naval Service patrol ship for a day.
Orann Martin (10) from Limerick had hoped the Make A Wish charity could simply arrange for him to spend a few hours on a Navy patrol vessel.
But the charity, with the support of the Naval Service, decided to go one better for the youngster in light of his remarkable courage.
Orann was shocked to discover that, for one day, he would command the high-tech LE Aoife as it undertook a series of exercises around Cork harbour before berthing.
The youngster arrived in Cork's city quays by limousine from his Limerick home - and was then presented with the skipper's cap for the day.
He took his place in the captain's chair on the bridge and issued orders as the crew brought the patrol vessel to Haulbowline.
"It was absolutely brilliant - it was a dream come true. I still can't believe it," Orann said.
On the conclusion of his visit, Orann was presented with a special plaque to confirm his status as honorary captain of LE Aoife.
Orann was accompanied by his mother, Catherine, step-father Andrew, and his older sister Ellen (13).