Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Mark Hamill is coming to Ireland for St Patrick's Day

Mark Hamill is coming to Ireland for St Patrick's Day Mark Hamill is coming to Ireland for St Patrick's Day
Frank Williams | 13 March, 2018, 18:44

As well as his Star Wars connection, research into Hamill's family history has found that he has a double-link to Ireland.

Now we see that he was home, and it was an emotional return for him. He will be the first worldwide guest of honour, with organisers planning to make it an annual feature of the parade.

A range of events will be held from Thursday to Monday, as part of the St Patrick's Festival.

In preparation for the home video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm has been releasing snippets from the bonus content included with the digital and Blu-ray versions of the film.

Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill has been awarded a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Audiences were introduced to the savage beauty of Skellig Michael, the legendary island off the coast of Kerry, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey tracked down the long-lost Luke Skywalker, portrayed by Mark Hamill.

Showdown on Crait, shows the process of how the idea for the foxes came to be, how the design process evolved, and how both practical and digital effects artists worked together to bring the elegant creatures to the big screen.

But that's not Hamill's only connection to Ireland. Fans are excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi's digital release as it will offer a slew of added extras and bonus content. 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. These are Mark's great-great-grandparents. "The Force" will be strong at this weekend's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

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.

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