The Office of Public Works says there are no plans to close off access to Skellig Michael next month amid reports that the producers of Star Wars are to return to the island.
The OPW has also denied reports that boatmen who take visitors to the island were allowed operate for additional days last summer by way of compensation for taking the film crew to the world heritage site.
It’s widely expected that further filming by the Star Wars production company will resume on Skellig Michael in mid-September.
It’s understood that Hollywood has its sights set on Skellig Michael off the south Kerry coast for the second year running with filming expected to take place in a few weeks’ time.
Radio Kerry News understands that a number of boatmen who transport visitors to the island have been contacted by company behind Star Wars about a number of trips on days in mid-September.
The boatmen have a limited season on which they can land passengers on Skellig Michael and this season is set out by the Office of Public Works each summer.
It was recently reported that boat operators were allowed operate for additional days at the end of the 2014 season by way of compensation for loss of business during the filming.
However the OPW has denied that this was the case.
Skellig Michael was not officially closed to members of the public during filming in July 2014 though there was a significant reduction in the number of visitors on the three days the shoot was underway.
The OPW says there are no plans to close the island to the public on any dates in September.
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