Friday 19 January 2018

Dingle strikes back: 'Star Wars' returns to Kingdom

The Star Wars crew on Skellig Michael
The Star Wars crew on Skellig Michael
Actress Daisy Ridley filmed scenes for ‘The Force Awakens’ with the ‘Star Wars’ crew on Skellig Michael. Photo: Reuters/Adrees Latif

Ciara Treacy

More than 40 years since the filming of 'Ryan's Daughter', tourism in Dingle looks to be given a new lease of life with the return of 'Star Wars' to Co Kerry.

Ceann Sibéal, situated at the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula, will be one of the filming locations for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'.

Landowners have signed contracts with the movie makers, with filming expected to take place over two weeks in May.

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said a film permit has been issued for Ceann Sibéal and "a limited amount of filming" has been approved. This will be under "strict conditions" for the Special Area of Protection, it told RTÉ.

A 1.5km metal roadway is being installed on the slopes of Ceann Sibéal, which is believed to enable the movement of film crew and equipment.

Disney Lucasfilm previously filmed on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast.

Kerry Councillor Seamus Cosai Fitzgerald welcomed the new potential for tourism.

"They're laying the groundwork at the moment," he told the Irish Independent.

"I think it will be beautiful in the film, I often walk up there myself to the head.

"It will be a big boost for tourism."

Irish Independent

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