Monday 24 October 2016

Makers of Star Wars offer fans VIP trip to Skellig Michael

Geraldine Gittens

Published 07/04/2016 | 09:49

The Skellig Michael islands were used in the new Star Wars movie
The Skellig Michael islands were used in the new Star Wars movie

The company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is offering fans a chance to visit the majestic Skellig Michael.

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Lucas Films announced the prize as part of a fundraising initiatve for children’s charities.

Fans who donate at least €10 (€8.80) to the Crowd Rise fundraising campaign which is in aid of Unicef Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish, have the chance to win the trip.

The majestic island played a prominent role in last year’s film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The prize has been sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken box office records around the world, bringing Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way to the attention of millions of people everywhere. Tourism Ireland has been taking every opportunity to capitalise on the publicity around the film, to help whet peoples’ appetites to come and visit.”

“TV and film are recognised as strong influencers on travellers everywhere, with up to 35pc of people being impacted in their choice of destination by what they see on screen.”

A specially-commissioned ‘behind-the-scenes’ film, created during filming in 2014 on Skellig Michael has been viewed almost 830,000 times on YouTube, Tourism Ireland says.

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