The Arts Minister has confirmed that Star Wars is to return to Skellig Michael.
Heather Humphreys says she has granted permission for filming on the UNESCO World Heritage site. The Minister has confirmed that she has granted consent for Lucasfilm to return to Skellig Michael for filming for the Star Wars franchise this month. The proposal for filming was finalised at the end of last week, and comes at the end of months of close consultation between the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the film production company. Minister Humphreys has described the move as a significant boost for Ireland as an international film location. Strict environmental and ecological conditions are being put in place to ensure there is no negative impact on the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its birdlife. An ecologist and specialist staff from the Department’s National Parks and Wildlife Service and the National Monuments Service will be present for the duration of the filming and will have the authority to stop or modify filming at any point, should any concerns arise. There has been concerns about filming on the island from a number of bodies including An Taisce