Thursday 26 April 2018

Chewbacca welcomed at Irish primary school with Stars Wars theme on the tin whistle

Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Star Wars superfans in a primary school in Kerry had their dreams come true when Chewbacca made an appearance at their school straight from the set.

Star Wars filming is in full swing this week in County Kerry, and one local school in the Gaeltacht village of Ballyferriter got to meet Chewbacca himself when he dropped by yesterday. 

Chewie (actor Peter Mayhew) stayed in the school for over half an hour, where the kids welcomed him by playing the Star Wars theme tune on the tin whistle and taught him a few words of Irish. 

“He was fully in character, seven and a half foot tall,” a witness told

“The kids learned to play the Star Wars tune on the tin whistle and one of the teachers was on the guitar when he came in.

We taught him a few words of Irish. We tried to get him to say ‘Ta fórsa an fheirtéaraigh leat,’ which means ‘Ballyferriter force is with you,’” the witness said. 

He gave out sweets and lifted a few of the children up, with some dressed in Star Wars merchandise and holding light sabers. 

The visit was thanks to two Star Wars superfans who sent pictures and scrapbooks to the crew, who then organised for Chewbacca to drop in. 

“Basically two of the local children have a huge interest in Star Wars and sent pictures and scrapbooks to the crew. They’d taken photos from afar of the set and somehow got their drawings to the right people – probably through social media.

They’ve been bringing them in every day – lightsabers, teddys – and they’ve been dressing up as the characters too. Star Wars costumes have become the official school uniform.”

That’s as good as school days get, we think. 

The production of Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently underway in the Dingle Peninsula, where strict security measures are in place. 

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