Minister says no adverse impacts from Star Wars filming

The filming of Star Wars VIII on Skellig Michael last month had no adverse impact on the island. Heather Humphreys That’s according to the Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphreys, who has today published a 109-page report on the filming which is being sent to the world heritage body, UNESCO. The filming of scenes for Star Wars VIII took place on Skellig Michael over three days in mid-September. An official trailer for the movie – which will reach cinemas in December – was made available online this morning. In publishing a detailed report on the filming this morning, Minister Humphreys says the project was found to have no adverse impact on seabirds, their habitats or other biodiversity on the island. She is sending the report to UNESCO which designated the island as a world heritage site in the 1990s. Two minor incidents were recorded – one in which a crew member snagged their jacket sleeve on an entrance to the Upper Monks’ Garden and another in which a small quantity of paint was spilled on rocks. These were dealt with immediately and will have no long-term impact the minister said, adding that the strict conditions laid down were fully adhered to by the crew and cast. Heather Humphreys says that the Star Wars movie later this year will showcase one of Ireland’s more stunning natural and historical features.