I had the pleasure of meeting a rising star yesterday named Mairtin de Cogain. He is an actor, musician, and much more. This young man calls Ireland home, but Kansas City seems to be his home away from home and the Irish community here has adopted him as their son. Mairtin has recently learned of Jen's battle with cancer and feels compelled to help however he can. A recent project of his was a role in the film "The Wind that Shakes the Barley." This film has already developed some international accolades and it has yet to be released in the U.S. Not only is it the highest grossing movie to come out of the small country of Ireland, but it also won Best Film at the 2006 Cannes film festival in Cannes, France. Currently, Mairtin is sporting long hair and very full beard. Prior to the movie's premier in March, he had planned to shed the locks and beard for a charitable cause. That charitable cause is now our family. What an honor!
Below is a link to the KC Irish Fest blog which will continue to have updated information regarding Mairtin's fund raising event -- "Film Clips." I should also mention that those long locks will also be donated to Locks of Love...a wonderful charity that provides prosthetic hair for children undergoing treatment for cancer.