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Mark Hamill, star of the stage and screen, and known for his Star Wars role of Luke Skywalker, will be welcomed back to Ireland with open arms.

Recently Avengers: Infinity War star Sebastian Stan told a fan at the Rhode Island Comic Con that he would be more than happy to play a young Luke.

In Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

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

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.

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The festival which takes place from 15th to 19th of March, celebrates the Irish national holiday with a global impact and have this year selected the legendary Star Wars actor as their worldwide guest.

A New Hope Brief InformationA New Hope, originally released as Star Wars, is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas.

In addition to Mark's Star Wars connection, research into his family history has found that he has a double-link to Ireland. Apparently, his great-grandmother Elizabeth Keating was born in Kilkenny in December 1873 and left Ireland for America when she was a teenager.

Carrie Fisher may be gone, but no one is forgetting her, especially her Star Wars family. A second family line connects Mark to the Harvey family, possibly from Donegal, who were starvation immigrants that settled in America.

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.

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