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Northern Ireland teen cancer survivor's dream to meet Star Wars cast and hero Luke Skywalker during Episode 8 Donegal film scenes

Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver arrived at Belfast International airport for filming in Ulster

By Claire Williamson

Published 13/05/2016

"Jamie, Ciaran, Caolan" The first time Jamie met the boys, after sending them to a private screening of The Force Awakens, as Ciaran wouldn't have been able to go otherwise, due to his immune system being low.
The day Jamie organised along with the Emerald Garrison to pay a little visit to Ciaran's house. Jamie is the one wearing the Darth Vader costume.Courtesy of GC Photographics
Jamie and Little Sister Faith. Jamie's "Little Princess Faith" visiting him the last time he was in hospital a few weeks ago
Jamie presented Caolan and his father, Paul with the custom Lightsabers from Saberforge which were bought and tailored to suit both Caolan and his little brother Ciaran

He's defeated cancer twice and now all this brave teenager from Northern Ireland wants is to meet his idols - the cast of Star Wars, who just so happen to have touched down in Belfast to film the latest installment of the blockbuster series.

Jamie Harkin was diagnosed in June 2011 with Hodgkins Lmphoma cancer and suffered a relapse in January 2013.

Having beaten the disease twice in five years, the 17-year-old has been seriously ill since January this year.

However, the determined teenager has taken it all in his stride and set up Jamie's Journie, a community to help those in the north west suffering from cancer, raising over £15,000.

He has set up many experiences in the community to help other young people.

Jamie has been a Star Wars fan since he was three and always aspired to direct the films with one of his dreams being to cross lightsabres with the cast.

And it just so happens that the likes of Luke Skywalker, Rey and Kylo Ren - instead of being a galaxy far, far away - are actually remarkably close.

Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver were snapped arriving at Belfast International Airport on Friday morning.

While the iconic Millennium Falcon has docked at Malin Head in Co Donegal.

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Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars cast members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning. They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars cast members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning. They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Rian Johnson (director ) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Rian Johnson (director ) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Rian Johnson (director ) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Rian Johnson (director ) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 13/5/2016 Daisy Ridley (Rey) pictured as Star Wars Cast Members arrive at Belfast International Airport on Friday Morning , They are due to film Star Wars Episode VIII at Malin Head in Co Donegal. The entire shoot is very much top secret, with locals and landowners sworn to keep it that way, and access to the beauty spot is closed for the next three days. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pictured: Star Wars cast arrive in Northern Ireland ahead of episode eight filming - Luke Skywalker, Rey and Kylo Ren arrive at Belfast International  

Star Wars in Malin Head: Donegal caravan park owner braces for battle as Millennium Falcon docks on his doorstep  

Mum Patricia says Jamie is the biggest Star Wars fan in the galaxy and so she launched an appeal to get the actor's attention using the hashtag #StarWarsForJJ on social media.

The as-yet-untitled Star Wars Episode VIII is filming just out of view of Jamie's Derry house which is right on the border, his mother said.

Should he get to meet the cast, the selfless teenager who is studying for his GCSES, doesn't want it just for him, rather he wants it for the others in his Jamie's Journie community.

Among them is little Ciaran Murphy who turns two next week, he was diagnosed with leukaemia last summer and loves all things Star Wars.

The little boy is back in hospital and will be for the next number of weeks and Jamie would love to have something sorted for the his birthday on Thursday.

Patricia said: "We didn't even think about Star Wars coming here because Jamie has been so sick. If Jamie had have been better, he would have been doing this for Jamie's Journie's kids himself.

"I put up a public appeal the other day, and overnight there was more than 20,000 views.

JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Farrens Bar in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Farrens Bar in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Farrens Bar in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA

"Jamie has been a massive fan of Star Wars since he was three and when he turns 18 he plans to join the Emerald Garrison to visit sick children as Luke Skywalker."

Last year Jamie dressed up as Darth Vader and arranged for members of the Emerald Garrison - a Star Wars-themed costume club which raises money for charity - to visit one little Ciaran, one of the youngest members of the Jamie Journie family.

Now with the cast of Star Wars arriving in Northern Ireland and being so close, Patricia said the appeal is just something they needed to do.

"They are on our doorstep," she said, "We have all these amazing kids that have been through so much and are going through so much.

"We just really want to get Jamie and some of the kids, even to go on set, just something.

"It's just so close and it's such a dream. It's never going to happen again.

The model of the Millennium Falcon being built on the Star Wars set at Malin Head in Co Donegal
The model of the Millennium Falcon being built on the Star Wars set at Malin Head in Co Donegal
A Millennium, Falcom in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
A set is created in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
The view of the Star Wars film set from Ardmalin Caravan Park. Pic: Ardmalin Caravan Park
A fleet brought the Star Wars set to Malin Head. Pic: Ardmalin Caravan Park
The view from Ardmalin Caravan Camp. Pic: Ardmalin Caravan Park
The view from Ardmalin Caravan Park. Pic: Ardmalin Caravan Park
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Farrens Bar in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
A Millennium, Falcom in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a star Wars costuming club, in Farrens Bar in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland, as filming for the next Star Wars movie will take place there. PA
Hazy Zoom - wires and cabling snake through the terrain from base to the Millennium Falcon. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction on the millennium falcon which is perched on rocks on the rugged landscape at Ireland's most northerly point - Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey.
Construction on the millennium falcon which is perched on rocks on the rugged landscape at Ireland's most northerly point - Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey.
Construction on the millennium falcon which is perched on rocks on the rugged landscape at Ireland's most northerly point - Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey.
Construction on the millennium falcon which is perched on rocks on the rugged landscape at Ireland's most northerly point - Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey.
Construction on the millennium falcon which is perched on rocks on the rugged landscape at Ireland's most northerly point - Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey.
Construction on the millennium falcon which is perched on rocks on the rugged landscape at Ireland's most northerly point - Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey.
The stunning landscape surrounding the Star Wars set in Malin Head. Pic James Whorriskey
Remote - Malin Head, Ireland's most Northerly point and location for the latest Star Wars movie. Picture James Whorriskey
A mixture of tourists and inquisitive Star Wars fans mingle - Pic at Bamba's Crown, which overlooks the cast and crew tents. Picture James Whorriskey
Cast and crew areas being readied ahead of weekend filming - roads in the area will be closed for several days. Picture James Whorriskey
Cast and crew areas being readied ahead of weekend filming - roads in the area will be closed for several days.Picture James Whorriskey
Cliff path to the Millennium Falcon - private security staff prevent people from getting too close. Picture James Whorriskey
Millennium Falcon Base - scaffolding, fencing and crew buildings surrounding the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Gardai on standby and ready to politely ward of anybody who security deem to have gotten too close for comfort. Picture James Whorriskey
Concealed - A drone hovers to the left of picture, over the Millennium Falcon location - and what's that partially visible on the right? Picture James Whorriskey
Tight security guards the boundaries of the Star Wars set. Picture James Whorriskey
Millennium Falcon base at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Crews at the Millennium Falcon site. Picture James Whorriskey
Security try to prevent photography at the location. Picture James Whorriskey
Narrow single track roads are the only way around Malin Head - In the distance the Millennium falcon site. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Private Security posted at public vantage points in Malin Head attempt to prevent photography. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
New signs erected in many of the surrounding fields - Millennium Falcon in the distance. Picture James Whorriskey
Construction underway on the Millennium Falcon at Malin Head. Picture James Whorriskey
Basecamp at the Millennium Falcon site. Pic James Whorriskey
The landscape overlooking the Millennium Falcon base. Picture James Whorriskey.

"Jamie wants it for him and some of the kids. They are as mad about Star Wars as he is.

"He's been so ill since January and it would be good for all the kids."

She added: "With him being so sick of late, I thought maybe it's time that somebody pushed for something for him."

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