New Skellig Michael Promotional Video Kick-Starts Fáilte Ireland’s Star Wars Promotional Campaign; Failte Ireland

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A specially commissioned 360 degree video showcasing the beauty of Skellig Michael has been launched today by Fáilte Ireland. The video takes the viewer on a visually spectacular journey from the Kerry coastline, through the Wild Atlantic, to landfall before travelling to the summit of Skellig Michael, the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The video has been produced to celebrate the up-coming release of the latest Star War’s movie, The Last Jedi and to showcase the wonder of the Wild Atlantic Way.

The video can be viewed HERE

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For further information please contact:

John Browne – Fáilte Ireland Communications 
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Several dramatic coastal locations right along the length of the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed and will likely be spliced together in the film’s final cut including: 

Malin Head, Co Donegal  

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Rugged Irish islands contend with the Force; Wes Little; CNN

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Thanks to the giant advertisement that is “Star Wars,” Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful Skellig Islands feel the Force of tourism.

Skellig Michael, Ireland (CNN) — A rocky pyramid emerges out of a dark blue sea. It is cinematic even before you add the Millennium Falcon.

You can see why “Star Wars” producers chose Skellig Michael as a location in a galaxy far, far away.

The small rocky island sits about 8 miles off the southwest coast of Ireland. It hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient Christian monastery famous for its architecture consisting of stone “beehive” huts built without mortar.

The otherworldly appearance of the island as well as its secure, hard-to-get-to location may have been among the reasons monks were drawn to the island as well.

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Lego unveils Skellig Michael Star Wars ‘Last Jedi’ set; Irish Central

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The Co. Kerry island will be featured in the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ film to be released on December 15.

Lego has revealed a new Star Wars: The Last Jedi set featuring Irish natural landmark Skellig Michael.

The 75200 ‘Ahch-To Island Training’ Lego set, which is being released just in time for Christmas and will cost $29.99, enables you build a beehive hut and includes figures of Luke Skywalker, Rey, and a Porg.

In Star Wars, Skellig Michael is named ‘Ahch-To Island,’  which is the site of Skywalker’s hermitage and the location of the first sacred Jedi Temple.

The porgs, which will be introduced in the upcoming movie, are said to be based on the puffins which live on Skelling Michael, a small uninhabited island eight miles off the coast of Co Kerry.

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May the bricks be with you: Lego makes ‘Star Wars’ Skellig set; Kirsty Blake Knox; Irish Independent

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The monastic beehive huts of Skellig Michael have been made into Lego toys ahead of the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.

Skellig Michael, or ‘Ahch-To Island’ as it was renamed in the film, has a pivotal role in the movie – it is Luke Skywalker’s hermitage, the location of the first sacred Jedi Temple, and home to the adorable Porgs.

The Porgs are bird-like creatures that were inspired by the puffins nesting on the jagged rock face of the Skelligs. They will be introduced in ‘The Last Jedi’.

Lego’s ‘Ahch-To Island Training’ set features a miniature corbelled hut and three figures: Luke Skywalker, Rey and a Porg.

The set is expected to retail at €25 and includes smaller trinkets, such as a fish, a frying pan, and a lightsabre.

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Photographer’s Guide to Skellig Islands; Bastian Bodyl; Improve Photography

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This guide should help you to go to the photographer’s paradise of the Skellig Islands and gives you a few tips when you are there. The Skellig islands are tow rocks in the sea 12 km from the coast of Ireland has become really popular since they have filmed parts of the Star Wars films there. It is a great photo location for many different kinds of photography but the access is limited. This Guide should help you to make this once in a lifetime experience and use your limited time on the island in the best possible way.

If you want to go to Ireland you should consider visiting the Skellig islands especially as a photographer. It is a photographer’s paradise and a unique experience.

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Israel joins United States in withdrawing from UNESCO; AFP

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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

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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.

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

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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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