Star Wars actor will attend the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on Saturday as an worldwide guest of honour. "Thank you so much and may the force with each and every one of you". Many of these have a special connection with Ireland and we want to celebrate and recognise this.
Jabba the Hutt will make a return in Solo: A Star Wars Story - 35 years after CARRIE FISHER, as Princess Leia - strangled him to death in Return of the Jedi. 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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The new role was introduced to recognise Irish Diaspora and those with links to Ireland who have made a significant impact overseas.
Mark also has family links to Ireland as his great-grandmother Elizabeth Keating was born in Kilkenny in the 1800s. Mark's great-great-grandparents were Frederick Mumford, a young English sailor, and Mary Harvey, a recent Irish immigrant at the time, who married in 1864, after which they moved to Manhattan to raise a family.
The Star Wars actor has been named the St. Patrick's Festival Inaugural International Guest of Honour, a new role that has been created to celebrate the achievements of an individual from the worlds of business, the arts, or the media, who has a special connection or significant affinity with Ireland. This year will also see over 2,000 band members from far and wide deliver dazzling rhythms and uplifting music that will reverberate throughout the city's streets.