You’ll need to bring a handkerchief along to this year’s Waterford St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Des and Mona, who opened their love story to the world in recent months, have been chosen as the Grand Marshalls for this year’s event.

Due to Mona’s failing eyesight, Des selflessly learned how to put on his wife’s make-up so she could look and feel her best.

The couple featured on BBC, NBC’s Today, This Morning, and The Late Late Show – even meeting up with Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist along the way.

Des and Mona first met in 1952 when Des decided to serenade Mona with Nat King Cole’s “They Tried to Tell Us We’re too Young”.

Although their story has gone viral, Des and Mona have made huge contributions to the arts and theatre on a more local level throughout the years.

Des has spent his life on the stage, a member of every musical society in Waterford since the 1950s, a member of the Grand Opera Society. He has appeared in professional productions all over the country and still performs with Waterford Musical Society today.

Mona and Des have both made huge contributions to the iconic “Tops of the Town”. Mona, who worked on costumes for Red Kettle Theatre Company for years, also took the lead on all the costumes for the Tops shows. Meanwhile, Des was writing comedy for the shows and acting as musical director and producer.

The couple will lead the parade, beginning at Dooley’s Hotel and will arrive at the viewing stand to be greeted by the Mayor.

Commenting on the announcement, Mayor Declan Doocey said, “I’m delighted to have Des and Mona acting as the Grand Marshalls for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, these two have an extraordinary story that has been heard by millions of people, as well as having contributed so much to the arts and theatre in Waterford”.

He continued: “As we celebrate colour, culture and community in this year’s parade I believe these two perfectly embody what it means to involve oneself in their community and bring vibrancy to everyday life”.

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