Mark Hamill named as St. Patrick's Festival inaugural International Guest Of Honour

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Mark Hamill, aka the iconic Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker, finally received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, but while his fellow Jedi family gathered around, his longtime on-screen sister was missing.

Hamill made the most of his time here and even made the dream of a lifelong Star Wars fan come true.

The legend that is the one and only Mark Hamill is coming to Ireland to help us bring in our biggest national holiday.

Hamill will be present in the Presidential stand to view the National Festival Parade on 17 March with the theme this year being Home.

The new honourary role "has been created to celebrate the achievements of an individual from the worlds of business, the arts, or the media, who has a special connection or significant affinity with Ireland". Mark has a special affinity to Ireland through his filming of Star Wars and family history and has done much for our film industry.

Mark Hamill, who once memorably posed with a packet of Tayto crisps and then a packet of King to balance things out when he felt he's upset certain people, will be the first International Guest of Honour at the St Patrick's Day Festival in Dublin. Scared of being teased by her classmates for wearing something that is considered "boys stuff", N.J chose to try something that would show her daughter that Star Wars is just as much for girls as it is for boys.

The new role was introduced to recognise Irish Diaspora and those with links to Ireland who have made a significant impact overseas. Further research shows that his great (x3) grandparents John Keating married Margaret Foley of Gurteen married in Carlow Cathedral in 1822.

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. In 1864, Frederick Mumford, a young English sailor was married in New Jersey to Mary Harvey, a recent Irish immigrant.

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