Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Mark Hamill to be 'guest of honour' for St Patrick's Day parade

Mark Hamill to be 'guest of honour' for St Patrick's Day parade

The reunion of Skywalker and Yoda is one of the most beloved scenes of the latest Star Wars installment. Many of these have a special connection with Ireland and we want to celebrate and recognise this. Fáilte Ireland continues to invest significantly in the St. Patrick's Festival, an event which not only attracts tens of thousands of worldwide visitors but also showcases Ireland as a fantastic tourist destination to global media. He will be the first global guest of honour, with organisers planning to make it an annual feature of the parade. With this year's special guest, we will have an extra bit of magic for this wonderful showcase for an Irish welcome. 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.

Initially, Mark Hamill says that he likes the idea of Sebastian Stan playing Luke Skywalker, but also humbly acknowledges, he's "way more handsome than I am".

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Putting out a tweet, N.J can't have anticipated the response, with over 113,000 likes in just 5 days and a galaxy of Star Wars luminaries including Mark Hamill and Ashley Eckstein sending encouraging replies.

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But that's not Hamill's only connection to Ireland. The good news is, besides being the first Star Wars title available in 4K, the digital version will also support Dolby Vision for HDR and Dolby Atmos - at least on Vudu but it doesn't make sense that Microsoft and FandangoNow wouldn't offer up the same version.

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

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Star Wars actor will attend the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on Saturday as an global guest of honour. "The Force" will be strong at this weekend's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

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