UNWAVERING dedication, love and support has earned a Kildare duo the title of being Ireland’s most romantic couple.
Over the last number of months travel agent, Topflight, has trawled through hundreds of entries to a competition it ran to find Ireland’s most romantic couple. The loved-up pair who were crowned the ultimate winners are Gemma Kearns and William Moore from Ardclough.
Their moving story of love triumphing during sickness won the hearts of the voting public and later this summer they will be whisked off for a week in Sorrento.
In July 2017 Gemma travelled to Mexico to undergo a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy to stop the progression of her Multiple Sclerosis and of course William was right by her side.
The pair met on a night out in January 2013 and they instantly clicked. They were both out celebrating a friend’s birthday and they talked until the lights came on. Since then they haven’t gone a day without speaking to each other.
William arrived for their first official date with the most fabulous bunch of flowers and treated Gemma to a lovely meal and they haven’t looked back since. They spent the following few months together and only really separated to go to work. In May 2013 William left to make a permanent move to Canada, which they always knew was on the cards, but it didn’t go as pplanned and he was home within two months.
“William has become my best friend over this time too so when the decision had to be made in late 2016 as to who would travel to Mexico as my carer I knew he was the person for the role… and being William he didn’t hesitate to step into the position,” said Gemma.
“For the next year William supported me to fundraise for my treatment as well as bringing happiness and lighthearted fun to lessen the stress through his sense of humour and activities he would plan.”
William took to the dancefloor in a Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser, took up running, bag packed, sold raffle tickets and even joined Slimming World with Gemma.
“I knew he was a very special person and all of this showed me we were meant to be. After five years together I still constantly get spoiled and surprised with token gifts and thoughtful actions, from my favourite chocolate bar after a bad day to my car cleaned like a professional job, to surprising me at work with a spontaneous afternoon out.
“We have so much in common yet are so different that we compliment each other. There is nowhere I am happier than at home with William and our 40kg puppy,” she said laughing.
“There are plenty of good relationships but there really is something special about a relationship that has been through all that we have and still leaves us feeling like we have the perfect little life together.”
As part of her treatment Gemma has had to undergo infusions every eight weeks. She has just two sessions left so a trip to Sorrento when it’s all over will be the icing on the cake.
“It will mark the start of a new beginning for us,” she said. “We are just over the moon with this.”
Gemma and William will enjoy a taste of luxury at Topflight’s signature property four star superior Hotel Bristol. Nestled into a cliffside above Marina Grande, Hotel Bristol it boasts spectacular views sweeping right across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius in the distance. They will also enjoy complimentary day excursions to explore the spectacular surroundings of Sorrento including the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.