The Force Is Strong With This One


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Merrion Street writes:

“Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today welcomed the launch of Tourism Ireland’s phase two of its special Star Wars campaign, targeting fans of the science fiction franchise around the world. It involves a specially-commissioned ‘behind-the-scenes’ film, created during filming in 2014 on Skellig Michael…”


Minister Donohoe & Tourism Ireland unveil ‘behind-the-scenes’ film; Phase 2 of Star Wars campaign (Merrion Street)

Earlier: The Force Sleeps


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25 thoughts on “The Force Is Strong With This One

  1. Medium Sized C

    I feel like this is gonna cause an upsurge in deaths on the skellig.
    Also, I reckon people will start nicking stones from it.

  2. theCitizen

    “We couldn’t believe they let us film here.”

    Always wanted to visit Skelligs. Tried twice and weather prevented it.

    Can’t go now. Ah well.

        1. pedeyw

          Yeah, but I like to make people type it. I feel it’s important to come to terms with how petty that kind of opinion is. Only then can you achieve pure hipster.

  3. Funster Fionnanánn

    Numbers are restricted each year. Even before Star Wars visited. This video is nothing special. Even though some of the shots are actually better then the ones that appeared in the movie.

    The helicopter chit at the end was cringe inducing. It felt out of place and even rushed. I’m guessing episode 8 won’t be much of an improvement.

  4. Looking In

    Yeah this is kindda gross, Hollwoodifying Skellig instead of promoting it for its own authentic power. Drones
    of people stamping all over it, yeah nicking stones, disturbing the wildlife, selfie sticks. I guess lucky it’s out on the Atlantic and numbers are restricted.

  5. george

    I don’t get the rational at all. The nature of the site means the amount of visitors possible will always be very limited. They’ve allowed the historical significance of the site to be replaced with the fact that it appears in Star Wars and they didn’t even charge a fee.

    1. munkifisht

      Well… there is an argument that it will encourage more filming in Ireland. How much money did LOTR bring to New Zealand? Ireland’s on a bit of an upsurge at the moment with GoT and TFA both making the place look amazing… That said, they should have got a few shekels for whoring our heritage.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        they should have got a few shekels…

        Who are ‘they’?
        The whoremasters or the whores?

        You should be more specific.
        -A touch more clarity wouldn’t go amiss, or simply shut your stupid mouth until you have something to say.

        Sorry, that was a bit too aggressive. I didn’t mean it.
        I meant to say ‘Shut up’, that’s all.

        Shut up.

  6. pissedasanewt

    Anything that promotes Ireland in a positive light is a good thing.

    They need to install a rock scanner to scan people leaving the island for stolen rocks. I’d like to sell one such scanner to the Irish tourist board for several million. It might look like an ordinary door, but it will pick out anybody trying to smuggle rocks in excess of 20kg’s off the island..

  7. rotide

    It looked great in the film and can’t hurt tourism.

    Christ , people will complain about anything.

      1. Deluded

        I’m outraged there wasn’t more outrage.

        (We all cheered in the cinema and hi-5ed and that when it came on and it was only 11am : )

  8. Drogg

    Heather Humphries has no right to be over the arts in Ireland. She ran a credit union in Monaghan how does that qualify someone to hold that position?

  9. Junkface

    They didn’t get paid for filming there!? I thought the cute hoors of Kerry would be all over that. Isn’t shaking down tourists their thing? Surprising.

    I thought it looked good in the film though.

  10. www.cotton

    I suspect that the vast amount of star wars fans couldn’t give a flying flip if it’s Skellig Micheal or San Fran. It’s all a bit disingenuous

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      The Force is weak in this one.

      @ http://www.cotton;
      Star Wars has a capital ‘S’ and a capital ‘W’.
      Sentences have full-stops at the end of them.
      And your suspicions are suspect.

      Seriously though, I loved you in Eastenders where you played an out-of-date sentimental idiot.detached from reality.
      Did it take you long to prepare for?

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