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Skellig Michael has come to be known as 'Star Wars Island' since becoming a location for the blockbuster movie series
#StarWars - An experienced heritage guide's concerns have rekindled controversy over the impact of filming for the new Star Wars movies on Skellig Michael. As The Irish Times reported recently, Claire O’Halloran – an independent contractor for the Office of Public Works (OPW)…
#AranIslands - Transport woes in the Aran Islands was raised by MEP Marian Harkin in the European Parliament this week, according to Galway Bay FM. Calling for attention to all offshore communities in the EU, Harkin highlighted the need for…
#StarWars - Tourism Ireland is hoping the success of the new Star Wars movie will attract fans in their droves to Skellig Michael and the Kerry coast, as reports. And the tourism marketing board has launched a new video…
#StarWars - The environmental assessment under which the Arts Minister approved the recent Star Wars film shoot on Skellig Michael was "not compliant" with the EU Habitats Directive, says Birdwatch Ireland. And as The Irish Times reports, the wildlife NGO…
#AranIslands - Appointing a senior minister with day-to-day responsibility for the Aran Islands is one proposal in a 12-point plan for the Galway Bay island community being launched on Inis Mór today (Thursday 26 November). Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin…
#StarWars - The recent Star Wars film shoot on Skellig Michael had “no adverse impact on seabirds, their habitats or other biodiversity on the island” despite "incidents" previously reported. That's according to an assessment compiled by the National Parks and…
#AranIslands - The Irish spoken on two of the Aran Islands may have branched out quite recently from that spoken in Connemara, according to the results of a 25-year study of the language. Galway Bay FM reports on the intensive…
#IslandNews - Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has announced that payments for island farmers under the new Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme have started issuing. “I am particularly pleased to see that these payments, worth…
#AranIslands - Aer Arann has said it will continue to fly to the Aran Islands despite no agreement being reached in its contract negotiations with Government, according to Galway Bay FM. As previously reported on, talks got under way…
#AranIslands - Further negotiations are planned after "positive" early discussions between the Government and Aer Arann over the proposed continuation of the Aran Islands plane service, according to RTÉ News. The airline has put its staff of 40 on protective…
#StarWars - "Incidents" requiring "repairs" by stonemasons following the recent Star Wars film shoot on Skellig Michael have been confirmed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). As previously reported on, the week-long film shoot on the Unesco World…
#AranIslands - The Government last night cancelled the tender process for flights to the Aran Islands amid weeks of concern over changes to the Galway Bay islands' air service. As RTÉ News reports, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs Joe…
#StarWars - Criticism of the Arts Minister mounts over the latest Star Wars filming project on Skellig Michael, which began filming yesterday (Tuesday 15 September) after poor weather delayed the shoot. Following a previous lambasting by Fintan O'Toole in the…
#StarWars - Poor weather today (Monday 14 September) has postponed the start of filming on Skellig Michael for a future Star Wars movie project. According to The Irish Times, high winds and rough seas off the Iveragh Peninsula meant the…
Helicopters No Substitite Say Islanders As Arans Airplane Service Ends
#AranIslands - Helicopters are no substitute for airplanes, say residents of the Aran Islands opposed to the Government's new contract for air services to the Galway Bay island chain. According to, nearly half a century of daily plane services to the islands is…
Star Wars Return To Skellig Michael Ruffles Feathers
#StarWars - Star Wars film crews are set to return to Skellig Michael next month - but the news has ruffled feathers among environmentalists. As reports, shooting for the future 'Episode VIII', following last summer's filming on the Co…

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