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A very happy Special Olympics birthday, says superstar Colin

HOLLYWOOD superstar Colin Farrell has posted a special YouTube birthday message to all the athletes in Special Olympics Ireland for the 10th anniversary of the World Games in Dublin.

"Go get it lads and lassies, all the best," he has told the thousands of athletes, volunteers and aides who took part.

He described the Dublin event as "one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life and I believe the lives of many people in Ireland".

It was "an extraordinary achievement from all of the athletes and all of the volunteers and all of the aides and basically Special Olympics Ireland as an organisation and as a facility, in a sense of unity and comradeship and togetherness and competition.

"Here's to another 10 years of success and brotherhood.

"I hope everyone enjoys the celebrations for the 10th anniversary," he added.

Colin's own nine-year-old son, James, suffers from Angelman Syndrome – a neuro-genetic disorder with symptoms which include intellectual and developmental disability, seizures, jerky movements and sleep disturbances.



Dubliner Colin (37) – who also has son Henry, three, with actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus (30) – went public with James's condition when the little boy was four years old, and says he was inspired to do so after watching the Paralympic Games.

He has told how he and the little boy's mother, Kim Bordenave, take delight in his every development.

"We share in the smallest victories; the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at nine and getting the seizures under control.

"When James took his first steps at age four, I nearly broke in half.

"When you're the parent of a child with special needs, it's important to feel that you're not alone," he added.

Colin revealed how becoming a father gave him a new perspective on life.

The former party boy credits James with turning his life around.

"What James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn't care for myself. James saved my life."