Guess Which Actor Is Guest Of Honour At St Patrick's Festival!

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Commenting on the news, 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". While here Mark will be a special guest in the Presidential stand to view the National Festival Parade on March 17.

Mark Hamill, aka the legendary "Star Wars" hero Luke Skywalker, may have been the one to finally receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, but one of the most tender moments of the celebration belonged to Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in the iconic franchise. "We're looking forward to welcoming him back "home" to celebrate our national holiday and St. Patrick's Festival with us".

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. We're not sure how his involvement in Star Wars: Episode 9 will pan out, but a prequel seems like a bad idea when it comes to expanding the mythology of Luke Skywalker.

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And it's just now we're finding out the man has a "double-link" to Ireland! Mark's great-great-grandparents were Frederick Mumford, a young English sailor, and Mary Harvey, a recent Irish immigrant at the time, who married in 1864, after which they moved to Manhattan to raise a family.

The special guest is chosen each year for their special connection or affinity with Ireland, with Mark being selected because of his love for the country and also as he recently filmed scenes for "Star Wars" in Ireland. 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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