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Star Wars filming in Malin Head: Luke Skywalker drops into Donegal watering hole during episode 8 filming

By Jonny Bell

Filming for the hotly anticipated next episode of Star Wars took place over the weekend in Donegal - and one of its lead characters took the time out to drop into the local watering hole.

Cast of the science-fiction epic arrived in Northern Ireland on Friday ahead of filming over the weekend at Malin Head.

The area has been buzzing with excitement over the past week as construction on what looks like the Millennium Falcon took place on the Wild Atlantic Way for the as-yet-untitled episiode VIII.

 

There also appears to have been a base of some sort built on a cliff edge.

The filming has sparked widespread interest, with flights diverted so as not to interfere with filming.

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More used to the squalor of some of the galaxy's more seedy establishments, Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, took time out to visit Farren's Bar.

Donegal TV was at the bar for the arrival of the Jedi.

He said Donegal was "georgeous" and locals had made him feel "like part of the family".

"I've had a great time," he said, "I'd love to come back, but on my own time so that I am not working."

As he shook the hands of many who had gathered he joked for them to be careful with his "removable hand".

Owner Hugh Farren has painted a huge mural on the bar's gable wall of Yoda to celebrate the arrival of the production.

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Speaking to the BBC, he said rumours began to intensify that someone was going to stop by on Sunday night, before Skywalker himself arrived.

"I was like a four year old on Christmas morning,"he said.

He said people were coming from far and wide to try and get close to the filming.

"For the past 48 hours there has been a complete buzz around the area," said Hugh

All that remains in the area is crew dismantling the set and restoring the area to its original condition.

Hugh said there were rumours that filming would return for the next film - episode nine - later in the year.

"The past couple of days have just been fantastic for us," he said.

Filming has taken place right across Ireland.

Skellig Michael - a UNESCO World Heritage Site off the Ring of Kerry on the west coast - featured in the 2015 Force Awakens and was centre stage in the first teaser trailer of episode eight.

A Jedi temple has also appeared in Kerry and work is reportedly underway in Cork on a set.

Decembers The Force Awakens, was the highest grossing film of all time and Star Wars: Episode VIII is set for release in 2017.

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