Hamill named as St Patrick's Festival Guest of Honour

Actor Mark Hamill talks with actor Harrison Ford and filmmaker George Lucas after unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles California U.S

Harrison Ford Mark Hamill and George Lucas stand together at Hamill's star ceremony

Ok so the photograph is a dead obvious giveaway but for those that don't recognise this man (shame on you!), Mark Hamill has been named as guest of honour for the inaugural St. Patrick's Festival 2018. During his visit, Mark will be a special guest in the Presidential stand to view the National Festival Parade on March 17th.

"Mark Hamill has played another role too, for which all along the Wild Atlantic Way are deeply grateful, in promoting the now iconic route and Tourism Ireland's "Star Wars campaign" and films with Mark Hamill praising of Irish hospitality have been seen by some 8m people around the world. Many of these have a special connection with Ireland and we want to celebrate and recognise this", she explained.

Susan Kirby, St Patrick's Festival CEO, said: "The role of International Guest of Honour is something we have been considering for a few years". With this year's special guest, we will have an extra bit of magic for this wonderful showcase for an Irish welcome.

And it's just now we're finding out the man has a "double-link" to Ireland!

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What better way to honour this than by welcoming Mark as part of the celebrations this weekend.

The 66-year-old actor, known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film series, took the stage at the The Director and The Jedi premiere at Paramount Theatre on Monday (March 12) in Austin, Tex.

Hamill's great-grandmother Elizabeth Keating was born in Kilkenny in 1873, and left Ireland for America when she was a teenager.

Johnson's discussion with Vanity Fair writer Joanna Robinson was crashed by none other than the Jedi himself, Mark Hamill, and the two got to talking about The Last Jedi, shedding a little light on their initial diverging opinions, and early discussions regarding Luke's character heading into production. These are Mark's great-great-grandparents.

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