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Why we'll be seeing a lot more of Colin and baby here at home

Hollywood hunk Colin Farrell has extended his trip home to Ireland as he and his Polish partner enjoy life as new parents.

The Diary can reveal how the Alexander star has been spending the past two weeks here following the christening of their first baby, Henry Tadeusz Farrell at a church in Poland's Krakow last month.

And despite all the midnight feeds and lack of sleep thanks to their new arrival, his romance with gorgeous actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus is obviously still going strong.



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The pair were spotted enjoying a low-key lunch in the picturesque surroundings of Avoca restaurant in Powerscourt, Co Wicklow earlier this week as they took time off from their hectic schedules to enjoy a relaxing afternoon together.

Farrell is due to jet back to LA towards the end of the week to present a gong at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.

He was in Ireland to celebrate after hearing the good news that his new movie Ondine has been given the nod in eight different categories of this year's Irish TV and Film Awards (IFTA's).

The Cork-based movie, which led to the couple's first meeting, has received nominations for Farrell as Best Actor in a Lead Role while Neil Jordan has been included in the Best Director category.

Colin flew home shortly before Christmas to catch up with his tight-knit family and also attend the post-wedding celebrations of his brother Eamon and partner Steve Mannion.

The pair had a civil union in Canada last summer and waited until Colin had time off from filming before having the lavish bash, to which the star brought his son James (5).

And the Castleknock-born actor is expected to be spending a lot more time here over the next couple of months, given that he has signed up for Brendan Gleeson's new movie At Swim Two Birds, an adaptation of Flann O'Brien's classic book.

The In Bruges star has managed to pull in a stellar cast of big Irish names for his project, which has been described as being in pre-production, including Gabriel Byrne and Cillian Murphy.

Hirsute star Colin has previously spoke about his love of filming on home soil and was in his element joining forces with other Irish artists, which is why he enjoyed filming Ondine in Cork so much.

"I love working with Irish writers and directors," he said. "Working on Ondine meant I got to work in the south west of Ireland and it was just so great to be back home.



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"It was also great to be back in Castletownbere, where a lot of this madness started for me with Falling For A Dancer for the BBC 11 or 12 years ago.

"I was there for a whole summer, so it was a little like going full circle with my career to be there to make this big feature with Neil . . . But I love being home. Dublin is a very important place for me and has really formed me to a huge degree."

--MF


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