In South-west Kerry, they are now praying for the Force to be with them.
Instead of the greatest tourism year in living memory thanks to the Wild Atlantic Way triumph and local 'Star Wars' connections, Ballinskelligs, Portmagee, Cahersiveen and Waterville are facing the grim reality of an entire season being wiped out.
For an area uniquely dependent on the tourism industry, the Covid-19 lockdown represents an economic nightmare of unprecedented proportions.
Put in a 'Star Wars' context, the Kingdom is facing a year more Darth Vader and Sith than Luke Skywalker and Jedi Knight.
Boatmen dependent on the Skellig Islands tourist trade have their vessels in dry dock, local pubs and restaurants remain closed and even the award-winning Skellig Chocolates has laid-off 90pc of its staff and is now reliant on internet orders.
"It is a disaster - an unmitigated disaster," said boatman Fionán Murphy.
"Everyone knows the Government and Health Service Executive (HSE) are doing the right thing to control this virus. Everyone wants to wear the green jersey and do their bit to support the frontline healthcare staff that are bravely fighting to save lives.
"But, at the same time, you can't ignore the impact on the ground. Tourism is the bread and butter of this area and it has been wiped out."
Fionán, as well as other boatmen including Seanie Murphy, David Walsh and Pat Joe Murphy, operate trips to the Unesco-listed islands which include Skellig Michael where sections of the blockbuster 'Star Wars' saga were filmed in 2015 and 2016.
'Star Wars' VII and VIII actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) both filmed extensive scenes on the Kerry island, bringing it to a global audience.
"There are 15 boats with passenger licences and each licence holder is allowed one trip to the island each day, weather-depending," Fionán explained.
A maximum of 180 people each day are permitted on Skellig Michael by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to protect and preserve the island's unique environment and monastic heritage.
However, with the season scheduled to open on May 15 before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the OPW hasn't even been able to inspect the island to prepare for visitors.
In Portmagee, Anthony and Mary Keating have operated the Fisherman's Bar and Skellig Restaurant for 18 years.
"We closed on March 15 and we have no idea when we will be able to open again," Anthony explained.
The bar and restaurant employ 17 people during the peak summer season - all drawn from within 10km of Portmagee.
"We employ locals. Our fish come directly from the fishermen in the harbour. The fishermen, in turn, are loyal customers of ours," he said.
"Everyone accepts the importance of what is being done to save lives.
"But how are we going to socially distance here in the bar and restaurant when the restrictions are lifted? The bar and restaurant trade is all about being social."
Restaurant capacity might have to be cut by an uneconomic 75pc.
"It just won't work. My fear is that it could be a couple of years before things fully come back. A lot of people have already written off the entire season."
Colm Healy operates Skelligs Chocolate and Café which during peak season employs up to 26 staff.
As the Covid-19 crisis hit, Colm had to lay off 90pc of his staff with operations run by just himself and two managers.
"We had a load of product ready for Easter and were wondering what we were going to do with it. Easter eggs don't have a shelf-life after Easter," he said.
Incredibly, Skelligs Chocolates suddenly found themselves swamped by internet queries and orders.
"It was unbelievable - we had never expected the online orders that we received. It took off like a rocket," he said.
Now, the firm has turned to new products such as 'Letterbox gifts' and corporate 'thank you' tokens.
"A lot of people contacted us wanting to be able to send a small chocolate gift or token in the post to a loved-one or friend who might be in lockdown or cocooning.
"Just something to let them know that someone was thinking about them. Those 'letterbox' gifts have been very successful for us.
"We have also had companies coming to us and saying they have 50 or 100 employees working from home and the company wanted to send them a gift in the post to say their efforts were greatly appreciated. Chocolate is a wonderful gift for that."
As for the future, Colm said anything that could be salvaged from the 2020 tourism season was to be welcomed.
"We will take anything we can - even if it is a late season 'staycation' boost in August.
"I think Irish people will holiday at home this year.
"But the big overseas tourism operators work a year in advance so that trade may not fully bounce back now until 2022," he said.
"I know some hotels have already written off the entire year and may not reopen until 2021.
"But in this area, any bit of business at all will be very welcome. August is not too late."