08/09/2015

Star Wars To Return To Sceilg Mhichíl

Consent has been granted for Lucasfilm to return to Sceilg Mhichíl for filming for the Star Wars franchise this month.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, described the move as a significant boost for Ireland as an international film location.

The proposal for filming was finalised at the end of last week, and comes at the end of months of close consultation between the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the film production company.

Minister Humphreys said: "Sceilg Mhichíl is one of our most dramatic and beautiful islands and it is very easy to understand why its stunning scenery has caught the attention of the makers of one of the world’s biggest film franchises. In considering Lucasfilm's request to carry out limited filming on Sceilg Mhichíl this month, I have balanced the positive benefit it will reap for the Irish film industry and the South Kerry region with the need to ensure that the island's unique environment and wildlife is fully protected.

"The return of Star Wars to Sceilg Mhichíl is another win for Ireland and the Irish film industry, which is a growing and dynamic sector of our economy. Later this year, when the latest Stars Wars film is released, the incredible beauty of Sceilg Mhichíl will be brought to hundreds of millions of cinema goers across the world."

(CD)

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