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Skellig Michael Reopens, Star Wars Filming In Donegal And Cork

Published on May 17 2016 2:30 PM in General Industry tagged: Fáilte Ireland / tourism / Kerry / Skellig Michael / Star Wars

Skellig Michael Reopens, Star Wars Filming In Donegal And Cork

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed that Skellig Michael will reopened to visitors on Sunday (15 May) after undergoing work to fix the damage done to the main visitor access route by rockfalls.

The OPW had to delay the official season opening of the UNESCO World Heritage Site by a day, but say the risk from further rockfalls has now passed.

After the huge global success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Skellig Michael is expected to have one of its busiest tourism seasons on record, with Fáilte Ireland saying that the filming of Star Wars on the island will attract "hundreds of thousands" of extra tourists to Ireland. 

Despite there being concerns for future rockfalls, the OPW have conducted engineering and technical assessments in vulnerable areas and will close the island at short notice if needed to fix any potential risks. Barring any problems, the Skellig Michael season will remain open to the public until October 2nd.

Filming for the next Star Wars film in Malin Head, Donegal, has concluded, with the actors now on their way to Mizen Head in Cork for further filming.

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