Colin Farrell spent Christmas visiting sick kids in an Irish hospital


Maybe I’m just too emotional, or maybe I was just having an off-day when I read this, but this article made me cry. It seems Colin Farrell was “caught” spending Christmas day at an Irish hospital (specifically, Crumlin, Ireland), hanging out with sick kids and bringing them cool presents like Ninetendo Wiis. The Irish Herald also notes that Colin “has carried out similarly unheralded visits to Crumlin for the past few years.” Oh, but that’s not all. It seems that since Colin’s oldest son, James, was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, Colin has been something of a tireless (yet under-the-radar) supporter of the Special Olympics. Here’s more:

KIND-HEARTED new dad Colin Farrell paid a secret visit to sick children in Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin, on Christmas Day. The In Bruges actor played and chatted with children for several hours on Christmas Day and also brought them presents. And it wasn’t his first festive visit — he has carried out similarly unheralded visits to Crumlin for the past few years.

“He keeps a low profile when he comes in. He doesn’t want photographers or anything,” a well-placed source told the Herald about the actor’s visits. He comes in every Christmas Day and spends a lot of time with the children.”

“He has bought Nintendo DS and Wiis for them and plays with them for a couple of hours,” the source added. “He’s really popular with the staff and really genuine, and the kids really love and appreciate his visit.”

The actor, who recently became a father for the second time to baby son Henry, does not want to court any publicity when visiting patients. And back in 2003, Colin (33) helped support the Special Olympics which was hosted then in Ireland.

Since then, he has been a tireless campaigner for the cause, regularly giving up any free time he has to help the organization with their activities and further raise their profile. Much of Colin’s spare time is spent in Los Angeles, so he can be with his six-year-old son James, who suffers from the rare, neuro-genetic condition, Angelman Syndrome.

Colin often credits little James, who lives with his model mum Kim Bordenave, with saving his life thanks to the positive influence he has held over his father since he was born.

The award-winning actor spent Christmas at home this year, and brought elder son James (6) to enjoy festivities in their father’s native area of Castleknock. Baby Henry, who was born in October, is also believed to have made the trip.

A source close to the former hell-raiser has confirmed how the actor will be jetting home with his girlfriend Alicja Bachleda (26) and their tiny tot on Christmas Eve.

“Colin’s a real family-orientated guy and nearly always makes it back for Christmas anyway, no matter how busy he is with his filming schedule, but this year it will be extra-special thanks to his new baby.”

[From The Irish Herald]

Now we know why Colin Farrell still makes panties drop wherever he goes. Because in his heart, he’s a good boy. He plays at being the bad boy to great effect, but I really have no doubt that he’s a very sweet, considerate, lovely man. Sigh… okay, I’m overly-emotional for crying while reading this, right? I love Colin. I want him to be happy. I want him to make good movies and win awards and stay sober and be a great dad. That’s the Colin I’m seeing now.

Colin Farrell with son James in Ireland on December 27, 2009. Also, assorted photos of Colin from the Toronto Film Festival in September. Credit: WENN.

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  1. NiRa says:

    some new year resolution:)


    That made you cry?! Are you getting your period? I can’t believe that made you cry.. having said that, I’ve shed a few during Extreme Home Makeover advertisements .

    You’d better stock up on chocolate and nurofen lady! D:

  3. sylvia says:

    Colin seems to be a great person. He had some wild period in his life but now he just grew up.
    Yesterday he came to Poland with Alicja to baptise their son. Hope they will last and be happy together

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  4. raincoaster says:

    Maybe it’s true, but it’s not accurate. That’s not his girlfriend: it’s his wife.

    To me, this story smells like something cooked up quite some time ago by a PR and sent out now, only in the meantime they got married.

    That said, it COULD be true. I’ve always heard he was a nice guy. And from what I hear he IS sober, although he smokes like a chimney.

  5. pebbles says:

    Some of you guys are so cynical…Don’t worry, Kaiser, this story brings a tear to my eyes as well. Humanity in a celebrity is newsworthy…
    so often all we hear about is Paris Hilton at a party, or Lindsay at a party. Nice to see this.

  6. Who Cares says:

    I adore him! One of the few that I think is a genuine good guy in real life.

    And fyi raincoaster: Colin and Alicja are not married. They seem happy though.

  7. SolitaryAngel says:

    I have really come to love this guy. What a great story! And I saw the clip of him in the movie with Jeff Bridges and he’s awesome! Le sigh….

  8. LindyLou says:

    Whether his charity work is PR or not -I love Colin. I’m just staring at his photo…into his big brown eyes…excuse me, I have to go change my panties! lol Uber-HOT!

  9. Goddess711 says:

    Don’t even like the guy but that made me melt. Love these kinds of stories. I cried when Johnny Depp had his costume from Pirates flown to England and he read stories to the kids as Jack Sparrow in the hospital that treated his own kid that almost died. *sigh*

  10. Mairead says:

    What a lovely story. But I have a couple of corrections – technically the paper is the Evening Herald, or due to it’s penchant for hard-luck stories, “The Greivin’ ‘Erild”.

    But more importantly Colin has been a supporter of the Special Olympics from BEFORE his son’s diagnosis. He became a special Ambassador when the Special Olympics were held here in Ireland in 2003. I remember this as it was in the middle of his drug-induced phase then, and media commentators were thinking it was a bit random.

    But fair play to him, he remained with the organisation and was there to support the 2007 Special Olympics in China. A fact that he attributed to his son.

  11. PigskinMama says:

    Love that sexy Irish man.

  12. .. says:

    he is just gorgeous

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  14. Wow! Even though I certain this mess is out of my league. Its still very cool.