Friday 21 October 2016

Daisy Ridley and Star Wars crew descend on Donegal pub for sing song following filming

Published 16/05/2016 | 13:00

Daisy Ridley with Tasty band members at McGrory's in Culdaff. PIC: John D Ruddy Twitter
Daisy Ridley with Tasty band members at McGrory's in Culdaff. PIC: John D Ruddy Twitter

Daisy Ridley was among a group of Star Wars actors and crew enjoying the Donegal nightlife on Sunday night.

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The British actress, who plays Rey, was joined by director Rian Johnson and other cast and crew at McGrory's Hotel in Culdaff where they were entertained by local band, Tasty.

Actor John D Ruddy, who plays with the band, posted the pic of himself, fellow band member Niall McDonagh, and Daisy posing with a microphone to Twitter.

"It was absolutely fantastic!" John told "Myself and Niall are huge Star Wars fans and we landed up to play about 10.15pm and we ended up playing about three and half hours because the whole crew arrived with Daisy Ridley from 10.30pm and they were loving it.

"Everybody was in such great form because it was their last day filming in Donegal and we were giving it socks.  It was just such a great night.

"Daisy didn't sing but she posed with the microphone just to make it look like we were jamming!"

John reveals they played the Star Wars theme tune as an encore. 

"The place was buzzing but it was mostly just the Star Wars crew and only one or two locals so I was glad for them that they had the place pretty much to themselves.  We were probably the closest to fanboys they met!"

Meanwhile, on Saturday night fellow Star Wars star Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, took some time to visit Farren's Bar where he spoke to Donegal TV.

He said Donegal was "georgeous" and locals had made him feel "like part of the family".

"I've had a great time," he said, "I'd love to come back, but on my own time so that I am not working."

As he shook the hands of many who had gathered he joked for them to be careful with his "removable hand".

Owner Hugh Farren has painted a huge mural on the bar's gable wall of Yoda to celebrate the arrival of the production.

Speaking to the BBC, he said rumours began to intensify that someone was going to stop by on Sunday night, before Skywalker arrived.

"I was like a four year old on Christmas morning,"he said.  "For the past 48 hours there has been a complete buzz around the area."

All that remains in the area is crew dismantling the set and restoring the area to its original condition.

Hugh said there were rumours that filming would return for the next film - episode nine - later in the year.

"The past couple of days have just been fantastic for us," he said.

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