The cast and crew of Star Wars bid a loving farewell to Ireland after finishing filming for Episode VIII of the saga.
The stars of the hit movie had some really touching messages for the Irish public as they left.
We know from The Force Awakens that Luke Skywalker had been in exile for years in a remote world (Ireland’s Skellig Michael).
Episode VIII is likely to show even more of Ireland with filming taking place at Loop Head in Co Clare, Malin Head in Co Donegal, Mizen Head in Cork and of course Skellig Michael.
It isn’t just the beautiful scery that left a lasting impression on the stars – Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill insisted that he was going to miss Ireland’s very own Tayto crisps.
Director Rian Johnson tweeted: “I love Ireland. That’s a wrap on the emerald isle. Thanks to all the lovely amazing people here who have made our shoot extraordinary.”
I 💚 IRELAND
That’s a wrap on the emerald isle. Thanks to all the lovely amazing people here who have made our shoot extraordinary.
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) May 26, 2016
Hamill tweeted: “How I will miss IRELAND! Its’ Beauty – Its’ People- Its…Snack Food (#MagnificentMillie on alert for #Ep8DietPolice)”
Hamill had previous said that he felt a wave of emotion when he visited Skellig Michael. He said the island was indescribably beautiful in another video. During his time filming in Ireland he even got to know the locals and poured pints for them in a Kerry pub.
The team partied the night away at the wrap party in Ireland. Hamill and co-star Daisy Ridley enjoyed letting their hair down at Foxy John’s, Dingle.
They were joined by several members of the crew for their last night in a pub they had enjoyed plenty of evenings during the final week of filming.
Ridley even took a leaf out of Hamill’s book and jumped to the other side of the bar to serve customers.