Skywalker says “Ireland you are wonderful!”

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By Shelley Marsden

Filming in Skellig is a wrap for the next Star Wars movie, and Mark Hamill – a.k.a. Luke Skywalker – has been professing his love for Ireland.

Hamill alongside director JJ Abrams left Portmagee in Kerry after finishing shooting on Skellig for a scene which is said will only be one minute long in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Just after his departure yesterday morning, Hamill tweeted: “Ireland you are wonderful! Love the country, love the people!”

Abrams, who had been staying in the Butler Arms Hotel in nearby Waterville, finished three days of filming for the new movie, avoiding both the media and criticism from some about using the World Heritage Site, off the Kerry coast.

During the shoot, an exclusion zone was operated by the Irish Navy operated around Skellig and locals were sworn to secrecy.

Mark Hamill was in Kerry with his wife Marilou and their three adult children, Nathan, Chelsea and Griffin.

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