Rumours that Star Wars may not return to Skellig Michael coincide with Tourism Ireland’s Star Wars/Skellig Michael video
The New York Times is predicting Skellig Michael will soon turn into a tourist hotspot after featuring in the newest Star Wars film.
The tiny island off the coast of Kerry is a Unesco world heritage site and has been used as a location for the new Star Wars VII and Star Wars VIII films.
Already a popular tourist destination, the number of people landing on the island is limited.
However, the former monastery has now been put firmly on the map by the recent high-profile filming.
Watch this behind the scenes video with interviews from the director JJ Abrams and other key figures in the Star Wars world.
Stars wars: The Force Awakens featuring sites from Skellig Michael was released in cinemas in December 2015.
Over the last few months rumours were flooding in that Disney and Lucasfilm would be returning to the Skelligs to film more scenes for the sequel, Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson.
According to makingstarwars.net however, Star Wars ‘may not be returning’ to Ireland this year stating that ‘environmental reasons’ have made it too complicated to film on the island.
“The Skellig Michael sets have been built and in some cases recreated at Pinewood.
“The location of the set at Pinewood is the same place they filmed the Jakku village scenes for The Force Awakens.
“Filming at Skellig Michael was just too complicated for environmental reasons.
“Migrating birds have more power than any corporation over that isle.”
These statements have yet to be confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm so there is still some hope for Star Wars fans.
A video was also released of Mark Hamill (63) aka Luke Skywalker pulling a pint in The Bridge Bar in Portmagee, Co. Kerry.
Luke Skywalker is pulling pints in Portmagee…. yes this is happening pic.twitter.com/Irpm5tiA7G
— Colm Flynn (@ColmFlynn1) September 17, 2015
Watch the video here, courtesy of The Irish Examiner and Steve Lynott: www.irishexaminer.com