Viral photo of father and daughter warms hearts: You'll melt when you see why

Written by Henrik Rothen

Aug.31 - 2023 7:52 PM CET

Photo: Private
Photo: Private
There's a reason this photo has gone viral.

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An old saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

This saying rings true in this story, which revolves around a photo of a father and daughter that has circled the globe.

It's every parent's dream to see their child grow up. This dream came true for Ciarán Shannon from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has been closely following his daughter, Niamh, since she was very young. And it's even documented in a photo that has now gone around the world.

BBC, who spoke with the father, reports,

"I am overwhelmed by the reaction my photos have received. The good thing is that now almost a million people know how proud I am of my daughter."

The first photo shows the father and daughter holding hands on her first day of school in September 1999.

Photo: Facebook

The second photo shows them again in the exact same spot, their backyard, but now some years later, on her last day of high school. They continue to hold hands.

Photo: Facebook

The third photo was taken in the same place as the first two and shows them again holding hands. This photo was taken on the day Niamh graduated from university in 2018.

You can see the three photos below. Below them, you can see the three photos combined into one nostalgic image.

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