The 'force' with Mark Hamill at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day

Let the pinching begin – Locals plan for St. Patrick's on Saturday

Your ultimate guide to St Patrick's day celebrations from Belfast to Dublin and Newry to NY.

The guest of honour role was introduced to recognise Irish Diaspora and those with links to Ireland who have made a significant impact overseas.

For the rest of the country, St. Patrick's Day is a convenient excuse to go drinking, and as an Irishman, I can't give anyone a hard time for that ... raise a pint of Guinness or Smithwicks (NO GREEN BEER) with a cheer of Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!

Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of Kerry, was used as a location in the latest movie, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring as the hidden refuge of Luke Skywalker.

Patrick's Day with its 257th parade that includes 150,000 marchers, around 2 million spectators and lots and lots of green.

"Game of Thrones" actor Liam Cunningham was the grand marshal of Saturday's parade, attended by Irish President Michael D. Higgins. ( Reuters ) An Irish Wolfhound participates in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, on March 17, 2018.

People in Ireland as well as overseas celebrate St Patrick's day every year on March 17 to honour his role in bringing Catholicism to the country. Here's how other cities celebrate the luck of the Irish.

In Belfast events included a carnival parade and a free concert at Custom House Square. (A vegetable-based dye and keeps the river green for five hours.) New York City hosted the first St. Patrick's Day parade in 1762.

A parade was also scheduled.

Elsewhere around 300 iconic landmarks and sites in 50 different countries took part in this year's so-called Global greening.

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