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Star Wars may be returning to south Kerry in 2016.
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That’s according to newly released documents obtained by Radio Kerry News under the Freedom of Information Act.

The material also contains dozens of e-mails and letters from members of the public who were critical of allowing the filming to take place on the World Heritage Site.

The makers of Star Wars VIII spent three days on Skellig Michael off the south Kerry coast in mid-September.

Newly released documentation shows that there were five months of discussions between the producers, Lucasfilm, and the Department of Arts.

A detailed scientific assessment of the birdlife on the island was carried out by Malachy Walsh & Partners in Blennerville before Minister Heather Humphreys signed off on the application ten days before filming began.

There is also correspondence suggesting Star Wars may seek permission to flim on the island again at the beginning of next year.

One member of the public told the department that ‘the Star Wars franchise is aimed at a global audience of children and adults of limited intelligence’ and that the movies are merely two-hour commercials for products sold globally under the Star Wars marketing system.

Minister Humphreys said she was satisfied that all restrictions and regulations set down for the film shoot were complied with.