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The Minister for the Arts, Heather Humphreys has confirmed that the filming of Star Wars has been completed successfully on Skellig Michael.
Heather Humphreys
In a statement issued this evening, Ms Humphreys said that all protocols and conditions set down for the shoot were complied with.

And she says the filming will bring a major boost to Kerry.

The filming of scenes for Star Wars VIII took place on Skellig Michael over the course of three days between Tuesday and Thursday.

Minister Humphreys says she is confident the right balance was struck between protecting the UNESCO world heritage site and allowing the filming to take place.

Experts from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Office of Public Works and the National Monuments’ Service were all present for the duration of filming.

The minister says she has yet to receive a full report but her officials are fully satisfied that environmental and ecological safeguards were adhered to.

She acknowledged the warm south Kerry welcome which was extended to the cast and crew and said the movie would provide a major boost for the region.

Star Wars VIII is due for release in cinemas in 2017.