Tourism Ireland takes us once again behind the scenes to the filming of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Skellig Michael in County Kerry, Ireland.
This video features Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker, who said "“It’s just indescribably beautiful”, and Daisy Ridley AKA Rey, who said “It was unbelievable”.
The fact that the next episode, Star Wars: Episode VIII, is also being shot on location along the Wild Atlantic Way, is another fantastic coup for Irish tourism. Candice Campos, Vice President, Physical Production, said: “Ireland has become an important part of Star Wars history.”
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, said: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens was one of the most eagerly anticipated films for years. To have our phenomenal landscape feature so prominently in it filled Irish hearts with pride and gave the rest of the world a taste of what we have to offer. Phase three of Tourism Ireland’s special Star Wars campaign builds on that and will further encourage people to visit us in greater numbers and continue the success we have seen in the tourism sector in recent years. It will also, crucially, reward fans with new behind-the-scenes footage, which, I have no doubt, will be the source of much enjoyment for many.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Since its release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens film has been breaking box office records everywhere and Tourism Ireland has been capitalising on this positive exposure, highlighting the Star Wars connection with Ireland and bringing the magnificent scenery of Skellig Michael and the Wild Atlantic Way to the attention of millions of people everywhere.”
Tourism Ireland have also created a special page dedicated to Star Wars.
We also wrote about a previous short - check it out here.