Monday 19 August 2019

Take the R2D2: Donegal road named after 'Star Wars' robot

Jack Hanna from Downpatrick in County Down pushes his hand built R2D2 replica into position for the opening of the R2D2 road at Malin Head, County Donegal. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Jack Hanna from Downpatrick in County Down pushes his hand built R2D2 replica into position for the opening of the R2D2 road at Malin Head, County Donegal. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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A road in Donegal has been renamed the R2D2 in tribute to one of the most famous characters in 'Star Wars'.

New signs were unveiled on what was the R242 near Malin Head to mark where scenes from the most recent instalment of the saga, 'The Last Jedi', were filmed.

A replica R2D2 droid joined other 'Star Wars' characters on the country's most northerly point to celebrate the novel tourism initiative.

The name-change on a road that runs through the scenic Inishowen peninsula has been approved by Donegal County Council. It was initially agreed on a temporary basis but the switch is now set to become permanent.

Jack Murray, a local councillor who also works with tourism organisation Explore Inishowen, first proposed the rebrand.

"Hopefully for a long time tourists will come and get their photo taken with the R2D2 sign and see the beautiful location where 'Star Wars' was filmed," he said.

Education Minister Joe McHugh, a TD for Co Donegal, formally cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

The signage has been erected ahead of Inishowen's first May The Fourth Be With You festival next month.

Irish Independent

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