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Star Wars filming will go ahead despite objections

The filming of the new Star Wars movie at Skellig Michael has been the source of some controversy in Ireland.

Skellig Michael Star Wars filming. Photo copyright Jerzy Strzelecki CC3

Conservation groups are concerned that the production could cause damage to the ancient stone structures. The island is already popular with tourists who travel to see the several monastic buildings that date as far back as the 6th century. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

There is also concern that the island’s wildlife could be affected by the film site.

Skellig Michael sits 12km off the coast of Co Kerry and was the location for much of the shooting of the last Star Wars movie The Force Awakens.

Now, Disney and Lucasfilm will return to Skellig to begin filming of the eighth instalment of the Star Wars franchise.

They have confirmed that they have complied with all necessary regulations with regards to the heritage and wildlife on the island.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys approved the return to Skellig believing that it will provide a boost to the tourism industry in the future.

She also said that an ecologist will be present during the filming and have the authority to stop or amend anything if they feel necessary.

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Irish Independent reporter Graham Clifford visited the island to take a closer look. View his video report below.

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