Derry teen shares breakfast with Luke Skywalker

Seventeen years-old Derry boy, Jamie Harkin, pictured with his hero Mark Hamill a.k.a. Luke Skywalker.

Seventeen years-old Derry boy, Jamie Harkin, pictured with his hero Mark Hamill a.k.a. Luke Skywalker.

It’s not every day you get to have breakfast with Luke Skywalker but that’s exactly what happened Derry teenager, Jamie Harkin.

Seventeen years-old Jamie has twice battled cancer and in 2014 set-up his own charity, ‘Jamie’s Journie’, to help other young people affected by the illness.

Since he was three years-old Jamie has been a massive ‘Star Wars’ fan.

Filming for the next instalment in the ‘Star Wars’ saga started on location in Malin Head, Co. Donegal last week. When Jamie heard this news he appealed directly to Mark Hamill a.k.a. Luke Skywalker to make his dream come true and in true Jedi Knight form, Hamill did just that.

Jamie, who has been very ill since January, and his family shared breakfast with the Hollywood star on Monday morning.

“I’m speechless,” said Jamie.

“Even now there’s a wealth of emotions running through me, I’m definitely still in shock, I’m absolutely elated, incredibly humbled, honoured and just completely overwhelmed.

“Mark [Hamill] was everything I ever imagined him to be and then some. I was feeling terrible yesterday and not much better this morning, but I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to possibly even get a glance of Mark. Just as I was about to discuss the newest film with some friends he walked in completely out of the blue and I just froze. He shook hands with my friends and my dad before coming to me, and when I stood up to shake his hand he told me, ‘Sit down, you don’t need to stand up for me’,” he added.

For more information on ‘Jamie’s Journie’ visit the website www.jamiesjournie.com