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On location with Star Wars in Ireland

July 2016

Go behind the scenes on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, filming locations for Star Wars Episode VII and VIII



In a galaxy far, far away...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sent the global box-office into hyperdrive. Since 1977, the record-breaking movie franchise has travelled through more than a few galaxies. For Episode VII the cast and crew jetted into a little town called Portmagee, County Kerry, on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. While the hotly anticipated Episode VIII came back for more than just a taster of this incredible stretch of coastline, with filming taking place from the tip of Donegal down to the rocky shoreline of Cork...
Rising improbably from the Atlantic, one of the highlights of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Skellig Michael has attracted both admirers and those seeking solitude for centuries. It was on this jagged rock that 6th century monks carved hundreds of stone steps to the summit, where they established an isolated monastery.
Skellig Michael – and neighbouring Little Skellig – have featured in ancient Irish legends and were even visited by Vikings. But it wasn’t until 2014 that these remote peaks welcomed their strangest visitor yet… one of the biggest movie-making phenomena in history.



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