« BackSkellig advocates being silenced over Star Wars filming, says poet

People who know Skellig Michael best are being silenced and sidelined in relation to the use of the south Kerry island for the filming of Star Wars.

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That’s according to Waterville poet, Paddy Bushe, who says a proper process of consultation needs to be put in place when world heritage sites like Skellig Michael are being used for movie shoots.

It’s anticipated that Star Wars is returning to the island in mid-September to film additional scenes.

Paddy Bushe says the Skellig is archaeologically unique and its bird wildlife is extraordinarily rich but the concerns of island guides and State agencies are being sidelined in facilitating filming.

He says the fact that filming is taking place this time outside of the birds’ nesting season is welcome but he says the State’s handling of the process overall is worrying: