Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

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

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

Star Wars saga star Mark Hamill was asked about the prospect of seeing a spin-off that focuses on Luke Skywalker's life before he got caught up in the fight against the Empire.

Carrie Fisher may be gone, but no one is forgetting her, especially her Star Wars family.

Hamill, famous for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, will be the festival's first worldwide guest of honour and will watch the parade from the Presidential stand.

And it's just now we're finding out the man has a "double-link" to Ireland!

Fáilte Ireland's Head of Festivals, Ciara Sugrue said: "The Force will truly be with us on March 17th and we are delighted to hear that Mark Hamill will be joining us as the first ever St Patrick's Festival International Guest of Honour. We're looking forward to welcoming him back "home" to celebrate our national holiday and St. Patrick's Festival with us". That was the unspoken theme of the night for The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson, who attended a SXSW panel to promote The Director and the Jedi.

Mark Hamill's time with Star Wars might be done, but there's no shortage of storytelling opportunities with Luke Skywalker. The documentary film, directed by Anthony Monke, follows the filming of the latest Star Wars movie, and screened at the Austin festival on Monday morning.

It seems insane that in 2018, when Star Wars is so enthusiastically pitched at everyone, regardless of gender or race, that a kid of 7 can feel intimidated about wearing a Star Wars t-shirt to the point of tears, but that's what happened to the daughter of N.J Simmons of Phoenix, Arizona. In 1864, Frederick Mumford, a young English sailor was married in New Jersey to Mary Harvey, a recent Irish immigrant.

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