Arrivals & Departures Ireland's Skellig Michael a force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi..L to R: Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)..Photo: Jonathan Olley..©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way and the craggy summit of Skellig Michael take centre stage in the latest Stars Wars movie.

The island of Skellig Michael, along with Ireland's most northerly tip at Malin Head, was picked by Star Wars location scouts to represent Ahch-to — the oceanic planet home to an exiled Luke Skywalker. 

Skellig Michael, off Ireland's south-west coast, first appeared in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, doubling as Luke Skywalker’s hide out. 

In September 2015, actors Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley returned to shoot the first scenes for The Last Jedi at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The cast returned to Ireland the following year to shoot at Malin Head — part of the Wild Atlantic Way touring route — on the Inishowen Peninusla in County Donegal.

Other filming locations included Loop Head in County Clare, Ballyferriter in County Kerry — where the crew recreated the 6th-century monastic "beehive" huts of Skellig Michael along a headland called Sybil Head — and Brow Head near Crookhaven, County Cork.

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