Former Skellig Michael Site Manager Says Star Wars Film Shoot Was ‘Inappropriate’; MacDara Conroy; Afloat


Grellan Rourke, who recently retired from his role after 41 years, has spoken about the Unesco World Heritage site’s challenges…

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‘Wrong’ to film Star Wars at Skellig Michael; Noel Baker; Irish Examiner

Former manager has misgivings about using the historic site for commercial filming, says Noel Baker.

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The Best Historical Sights to Visit in Ireland; Paul Clements; Fodor’s Travel

It’s said that there’s a story under every stone in Ireland, and with castles, abbeys, and prehistoric monuments at every turn, there are legends, histories, and mythologies scattered across its lush terrain. The Irish countryside is a living, breathing landscape testifying to more than 5,000 years of history with more castles and ruins than can be counted. You can’t go wrong just pulling over at any crumbling ruin, medieval castle, graveyard, or interesting-looking stone formation you see as you explore, but Paul Clements has chosen a few historical treasures you shouldn’t miss.

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Real-life travel destinations seen in the Star Wars films; Claire Webb; Radio Times

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25 ‘Star Wars’ locations that actually exist; Griffin Shea; CNN

From a desert trek on Jedha to dinner at Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, here are some of the real-world destinations where “Star Wars” comes to life.

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Visitor center at Newgrange opens for Winter Solstice; Irish Central

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From mystical tombs to Samhain festivities – why Boyne Valley is the real home of Halloween; Irish Examiner

Sophie Goodall learns about Ireland’s brand-new Púca Festival, set to knock pumpkins off their pedestals.

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3 Days in Dublin; Tamara, Glenn & Hannah Grubers; We3Travel

Planning a long weekend getaway to Dublin? Or perhaps just visiting Dublin on a longer trip to Ireland? Find out what to do and where to stay/eat while in the Emerald Isle’s capital city.

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10 destinations that prove Ireland is the most beautiful place on Earth; Paris Donnatella Callan; Ireland Before You Die

From emerald-green pastoral settings to seaside castles, Ireland is chock-full of beauty. Here are the ten most stunning destinations that prove Ireland is the most beautiful place on Earth.

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12 Stunning Scenic Drives and Family Road Trips in Ireland; Michelle; My Kids Time

Some road trips in Ireland can be done in a day, while others could be the basis for a mini break with lots to stop and see. Have a great time exploring!

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This Irish Spot Named One Of The Most Romantic Places In The World; Fionnuala Moran; Evoke

An Irish spot has been named among twelve of the most romantic spots in the world by travel experts who’ve traversed the globe.

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‘Star Wars Island’ open again; BBC

Safety work at the Unesco world heritage site in County Kerry was delayed by bad weather.

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Why it’s Worth the Boat Trip to the Skellig Islands; Leigh McAdam; Hike Bike Travel

The Skellig Islands, a UNESCO site accessed by boat only 100 days/year are worth the crazy boat ride to see the gannet colony & the beehive huts…

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“Stunning” and “remarkable” archaeological discoveries made at World Heritage site at Newgrange; Conor Heneghan; Joe

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Immense timber structure found at ‘sacred’ Newgrange site during summer drought; Ronan McGreevy; Irish Times

Newgrange discoveries have ‘truly transformed’ our understanding of ancient site…

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60 lottery winners to witness Winter Solstice at Newgrange; Irish Central

Only a select few people will be able to witness the magic of the winter solstice at Newgrange…

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Newgrange, Monasterboice, and Hill of Tara: Full-Day; Let’s Get Guide

Explore Ireland’s ancient history on this unique day tour from Dublin. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site passage tomb at Newgrange as well as the world famous High Crosses at Monasterboice and gain stunning views from atop the Hill of Tara.

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Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour; Get Your Guide

Take a day tour from Dublin to the scenic Boyne Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ancient Celtic temple at Newgrange, the megalithic site of Knowth, Trim Castle and more. Learn about the area’s history from a knowledgeable local guide.

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Secrets of Ireland’s ancient passage tomb Knowth published free online; Irish Central

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world-renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing six books on the excavation, online, for free.

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Heritage sites coming to life after weather scorches land; Colin Gannon; The Irish World

The recent hot summer unearthed previously hidden or forgotten archaeological treasures as unrelenting, intense sunshine scorched the land.

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