Fans can't get enough of Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford's friendship

Bessie Dean
March 13, 2018

Announcing the news, Minister for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon said: "I am delighted that actor Mark Hamill, known in every corner of the globe for his role as Luke Skywalker in the phenomenally successful Star Wars franchise, is to appear in Dublin's St Patrick's Day Festival as International Guest of Honour".

Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of Kerry, was used as one of the locations for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as it is where Rey finds the lost Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill).

Putting out a tweet, N.J can't have anticipated the response, with over 113,000 likes in just 5 days and a galaxy of Star Wars luminaries including Mark Hamill and Ashley Eckstein sending encouraging replies. This year, for the very first time, St. Patrick's Festival appoints an International Guest of Honour.

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

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Star Wars actor will attend the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on Saturday as an global guest of honour. 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.

In addition to Mark's Star Wars connection, research into his family history has found that he has a double-link to Ireland. 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.

The Star Wars actor has been named the St. Patrick's Festival Inaugural International Guest of Honour, a new role that 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. A second family line connects Mark to the Harvey family, possibly from Donegal, who were starvation immigrants that settled in America.

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