New Fáilte Ireland Festival To Celebrate Star Wars Day In Kerry

By Dave Simpson
New Fáilte Ireland Festival To Celebrate Star Wars Day In Kerry

Fáilte Ireland has announced the launch of a new three day "May the Fourth Be With You" Star Wars tourism festival this May. Kicking off on Friday May 4, known informally as worldwide as "Star Wars Day", the festival will feature a host of events for all-ages taking place across the Kerry villages of Ballyferriter, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs and Valentia Island.

Star Wars fans will be able to enjoy outdoor drive-in movie screenings, guided film location walks, children’s workshops and a special Star Wars-themed céilí, among other festivities, all set against the backdrop of the west Kerry coast, which featured in the latest installment of the Star Wars saga.

Announcing the festival, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin said, “I’m delighted to announce the first ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ festival. I have been keen to mark 'May the Fourth' in a meaningful way and am delighted that Fáilte Ireland have taken on my proposals and have developed them into a fun and enticing programme of events. The inclusion of iconic Irish landscapes in recent Star Wars films has already given the Wild Atlantic Way fantastic exposure around the world. I am delighted that events like the outdoor screenings of the film, with the actual film locations visible in the background, will provide amazing imagery for even greater exposure around the world. This festival is not only a great celebration of the Star Wars Universe for fans, but a celebration of our rugged coastline, which will further promote our outstanding natural assets at home and abroad.”