Mark Hamill named as worldwide guest of honour for St. Patrick's Festival

Actor Mark Hamill poses on his star after it was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles California U.S

Mark Hamill surprised fans at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival!

Patrick's Festival CEO said: "The role of International Guest of Honour is something we have been considering for a few years".

Susan Kirby, chief executive of the festival, said there were many examples of "Irish people and the Diaspora achieving eminence across many different art forms and disciplines worldwide".

Fisher, who passed away in December 2016, made her final film appearance in 2017's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

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

When filming wrapped, the Star Wars crew even took an advert out in a local Kerry paper while Hamill tweeted a tribute of his own, complete with a bag of Tayto. With this year's special guest, we will have an extra bit of magic for this wonderful showcase for an Irish welcome.

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"As you'll recall, Hamill made headlines previous year when he admitted in a press junket interview for The Last Jedi that he and Johnson had "a fundamental difference" regarding his character - adding that it wasn't "[his] Luke Skywalker".

Ford, who also has a spot on the Walk of Fame, teased his old co-star with the opening of his speech by saying: "There was a lot more people that showed up for my star... a lot more". We in Tourism Ireland are extremely grateful to Mark for his wonderful comments about the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland.

Notably, Lucasfilm has recently released snippets from the bonus content that will come included with the digital and Blu-ray versions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

"We just said, 'Look we need to go back and look at Empire Strikes Back, we need to look at how Stuart [Freeborn] created Yoda because that is the most pure puppet moment, '" Scanlan explains.

Hamill's great-grandmother Elizabeth Keating was born in Kilkenny in 1873, and left Ireland for America when she was a teenager. These are Mark's great-great-grandparents.

The parade will feature over 2,000 members of marching bands from across the country, floats, and performers, as it makes its way through the city.