March 23, 2018

Mark Hamill Named Patrick's Day 'Guest of Honour'

13 March 2018, 02:20 | Winston Chapman

Mark Hamill poses with R2 D2 and a Stormtrooper after unveiling the star at the ceremony

Mark Hamill poses with R2 D2 and a Stormtrooper after unveiling the     star at the ceremony

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.

The force will be with revellers at the forthcoming St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, with Mark Hamill, the Star Wars actor, set to attend as an worldwide guest of honour. "We're looking forward to welcoming him back "home" to celebrate our national holiday and St. Patrick's Festival with us".

He fell in love with Ireland while filming scenes off the coast of Kerry, at Skellig Michael, for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Famed for his role as Luke Skywalker in the franchise, Hamill, 66, has spoken fondly of his trips to Ireland in recent years to film Star Wars in Co Kerry, updating his social media accounts with pictures from his time in the country. He said as much at SXSW during a screening ofThe Director and the Jedi, a new documentary based on the making of The Last Jedi. We in Tourism Ireland are extremely grateful to Mark for his wonderful comments about the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland.

Get a sneak preview of 'The Director and The Jedi, ' Anthony Wonke's film documenting Rian Johnson's process coming in as a director new to the Star Wars universe.

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

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. "The Force" will be strong at this weekend's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

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