Sunday 4 December 2016

'The lasting effects on the Skelligs are the ones you can't see'

A Letter to the Editor

Published 15/09/2016 | 02:30

Thousands of tourists have flocked to Skellig Michael
Thousands of tourists have flocked to Skellig Michael

This summer was our first opportunity to see if there have been any lasting effects from the filming of 'Star Wars' on Skellig Michael.

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For better or worse, there has been a major impact. From Killarney onwards, T-shirts at €25 show Stormtroopers among the monastery's beehive cells. The boat trips needed to be booked far in advance but were worth the wait.

Visitors normally learn of the 600 AD settlement and its steps chiselled by the monks on this exposed mountain of an island.

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