Mark Hamill to appear at St. Patrick's Festival

Jacob Tremblay in a still from Wonder

Jacob Tremblay in a still from Wonder

For the very first time, Dublin's St. Patrick's Festival has appointed an International Guest of Honour.

"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.

Mark Hamill surprised fans at the SXSW Film Festival when he turned up alongside Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson on Monday.

Described as "an intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson's process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe", director Anthony Wonke's doc The Director and the Jedi offers fans everywhere a behind-the-scenes look at the latest Star Wars film.

Explosion targets Palestinian PM's convoy while visiting Gaza
The attack could adversely affect the ongoing process of reconciliation between Hamas and the Fatah, which was brokered by Egypt. Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh condemned the attack and held Hamas, the de facto power in Gaza, responsible.

The special guest is chosen each year for their special connection or affinity with Ireland, with Mark being selected because of his love for the country and also as he recently filmed scenes for "Star Wars" in Ireland.

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 addition to Mark's Star Wars connection, research into his family history has found that he has a double-link to Ireland.

Further research shows that his three-times great grandparents John Keating married Margaret Foley of Gurteen in Carlow Cathedral in 1822.

Raiders to release CB Sean Smith
He then played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-2015 before signing a four-year, $40 million deal with the Oakland Raiders. Smith was arrested last August 17 for allegedly assaulting his sister's then-boyfriend, Christopher Woods, last July 4.

A second family line connects Mark to the Harvey family, possibly from Donegal, who were starvation immigrants that settled in America.

The legend that is the one and only Mark Hamill is coming to Ireland to help us bring in our biggest national holiday.

Join the conversation online at #stpatricksfest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

Ivan Rakitic: 'I'd welcome Neymar return to Barcelona'
When asked about the possibility of a 400-million-euro player, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane didn't slam the idea. Sources told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo last week that Neymar wants to return to the Catalans.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.