The principal actors in Star Wars VIII who have been filming on Skellig Michael in recent days are believed to have left south Kerry this evening.
Fresh from pulling pints last night in the Bridge Bar in Portmagee last night, lead actor Mark Hamill – who plays Luke Skywalker in Star Wars – tweeted his appreciation for south Kerry today.
Back from filming on Skellig Michael last night, Mark Hamill visited the Bridge Bar and took to pulling pints of Guinness behind the bar.
He also met locals who took pictures with the Hollywood superstar.
Earlier today, Hamill tweeted: “Ireland is simply heaven on earth! The people here treat you like family.”
He and some of the other key personnel involved in the shoot are reported to be on their way home this evening following three days of filming on the UNESCO world heritage site.
A prominent Kerry cleric weighed in on the debate over the use of the island for filming today – Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta from Dingle said the island was a spirtual place something he feared would be put in jeopardy.
Locals however have hailed the economic spin-off, especially with Skellig Michael expected to be the backdrop for scenes, in not one but two, Star Wars blockbusters.