Category Archives: Ireland

Israel joins United States in withdrawing from UNESCO; AFP

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

The move will take effect from 21 December.

ISRAEL WILL WITHDRAW from the UN’s cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today.

“The prime minister instructed the foreign ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organisation alongside the United States,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

Netanyahu “welcomes the decision by President (Donald) Trump to withdraw from UNESCO. This is a courageous and moral decision because UNESCO has become the theatre of the absurd and because instead of preserving history it distorts it”.

The premier’s decision came hours after the US State Department said the United States would pull out from the UN body, in part due to “continuing anti-Israel bias”.


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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Filming Locations You Need To Visit; Adrian Chew; Trip101

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Although there are five months to go before Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi hits the cinemas, it is worth visiting the filming locations, found in various countries around the world. From Bolivia and Croatia to the USA and Ireland, all of these countries are charming, magnificent and make worthy holiday destinations for any Star Wars buff. It is time for you to sit back and relax and imagine yourself in the Star Wars world by watching the official teaser trailer below. Do any of the locations sound familiar to you?

1. Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia

You might notice from the trailer that the world’s largest salt flat is one of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia, is used to depict planet Crait and a former Rebel Alliance base.

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How to Visit Skellig Michael, Ireland’s ‘Star Wars’ Island; Bridget Hallinan; Condé Nast Traveler

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May the force be with Skellig Michael.

Skellig Michael served as the backdrop for the iconic ending scene in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and appears again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.’

A trailer released Monday evening for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has confirmed what fans have been hoping for since the release of The Force Awakens: Luke Skywalker is training Rey to be a jedi (cue millions of people geeking out everywhere). The film opens December 15, but there’s another way Star Wars fans can delve into Rey’s intergalactic journey—by visiting Skellig Michael, the Irish island where Rey and Luke’s meeting was filmed. A wilderness and nature preserve off the coast of Western Ireland (near county Kerry), Skellig Michael offers eco and landing tours that let visitors explore the rugged terrain—part of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Skellig Michael: The Mysterious “Star Wars Island” in Ireland; Kevin & Amanda; Food & Travel Blog

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

If you’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you will definitely recognize this view. The final scene of the movie was filmed on an island so beautiful I wondered if it was a real place. Were these dramatic views and steep stone pathways just CGI and movie magic?

I was thrilled to discover Skellig Michael is a real place — and you can go there. And it looks exactly like it does in the movie.


Skellig Michael is a tiny, remote island located 7 miles off the western coast of Ireland.

The first inhabitants of the island were Christian monks in the year 600. They lived on this rugged island in complete isolation from the mainland. The monks built the stone staircase leading to peak of the island where they lived in beehive-shaped huts.

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OPW may extend season on Skellig Michael; Anne Lucey; Irish Examiner

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The Office of Public Works is to consider extending the visitor season to Skellig Michael, the Unesco world heritage site in Co Kerry.

The island closed officially to the public yesterday following a charity event. A review to extend the existing May-October visitor season in 2018 has begun.

The OPW move would be a change of direction. The state agency which manages the island refused to consider the proposal in mid- August.

Demand for access has been unprecedented since filming, in recent years, of Star Wars episodes on the 6th-century monastic site on top of the Skellig.

Boatmen and politicians have been lobbying to extend the season from April to November.

They say the extension would also compensate for weather conditions, allowing the boatmen some leeway for days when they cannot undertake the 40-minute journey from the mainland.

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Skellig Michael’s tourist season may be extended following review; Anna Lucey; Irish Times

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Demand for access to the 6th century monastic site has been unprecedented since filming took place for Star Wars.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) may extend the visitor season to Skellig Michael, the UNESCO world heritage site off the coast of Kerry. The island is currently open from May to October each year, and will close to visitors today.

The review is to get underway immediately and represents a change of heart by the OPW – an extension to the season was firmly ruled out as recently as August.

The Skellig closes to visitors on Tuesday, October 3rd, after a fundraising event that allows the island’s boatmen to operate a special landing for charities.

Demand for access to the 6th century monastic site has been unprecedented since scenes were filmed on top of the Skellig for the latest Star Wars movies.

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The 8 Best Day Trips from Dublin: Dublin Travel Recommendations; Wandertooth

Ireland – Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city that’s over a thousand years old. There are a variety of pubs to drink at, great restaurants to eat at, museums to see, parks to stroll through, and plenty of friendly people. The city centre is relatively small, and it’s easy to see the Dublin highlights in just a few days.

In Ireland, rain can happen at any time. That said, temperatures in Dublin are quite reasonable, so it’s great to visit at any time of the year. My favourite time to visit would be in Spring (May to June) when the flowers are in bloom, and in autumn (September and October) when the leaves start changing colours.

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