Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Mark Hamill to appear at St. Patrick's Festival

Mark Hamill to appear at St. Patrick's Festival

"And I am delighted to return to the lovely Emerald Isle to spend St. Patrick's Day with the people of Ireland at the Festival & meet your President!"

"The Last Jedi" actor is set to make an appearance at the National Festival Parade on March 17 in Dublin, where he will watch the parade from the Presidential stand.

Star Wars saga star Mark Hamill was asked about the prospect of seeing a spin-off that focuses on Luke Skywalker's life before he got caught up in the fight against the Empire. "Many of these have a special connection with Ireland and we want to celebrate and recognise this", she explained.

The festival which takes place from 15th to 19th of March, celebrates the Irish national holiday with a global impact and have this year selected the legendary Star Wars actor as their worldwide guest.

Patrick's Festival CEO, has said: "The role of International Guest of Honour is something we have been considering for a few years". Since filming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in County Kerry, Mark has been a great ambassador for Ireland and it is wonderful to have someone of such universal - even galactic - acclaim in this new honorary role.

And it's just now we're finding out the man has a "double-link" to Ireland! "I'm good at that", Mark joked when he joined the discussion, according to THR. Scared of being teased by her classmates for wearing something that is considered "boys stuff", N.J made a decision to try something that would show her daughter that Star Wars is just as much for girls as it is for boys. His great-grandmother was born in Kilkenny in 1873, his great-great-great grandparents married in Carlow and he has links to a family of starvation immigrants.

Mark Hamill was recently honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in an interview with Variety, he said that he loved the idea of Jacob Tremblay playing a young Luke Skywalker.

A second family line connects Mark to the Harvey family, possibly from Donegal, who were starvation immigrants that settled in America. This year will also see over 2,000 band members from far and wide deliver dazzling rhythms and uplifting music that will reverberate throughout the city's streets.

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