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Star Wars Irish shoot on Skellig Michael given the OK

By Ed Carty

Published 09/09/2015

Director: George Lucas
Director: George Lucas

A sea crag that is home to rare birds such as the Manx shearwater and European storm petrel is set to welcome back the Millennium Falcon.

But an ecologist has been given the power to shout "cut" if filming of the latest Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry disturbs the colonies.

One of Ireland's Unesco world heritage sites, the crag has been opened to let George Lucas's production back on the island.

The Republic's heritage agency An Taisce had accused the Government of going to the dark side after refusing to reveal the exact details of the filming licence. But it's been revealed a conservation officer will have the final say on movie making.

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