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Watch: Mark Hamill praises Ireland’s starring role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Actor Mark Hamill has been praising Ireland's starring role in the latest Star Wars film.

The iconic star - who portrays Luke Skywalker in the hugely successful franchise - filmed a majority of his scenes for The Last Jedi in Ireland.

This included the most northern-most point in Co Donegal and along the Wild Atlantic Way in counties Clare and Cork, as well as the island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Co Kerry.

In a special video for Tourism Ireland, Hamill said: “To come back to Ireland was a great treat for all of us because the beauty of that country is unmatched.

"You get up in the morning and see vistas where I was sure it was a special effect.

He added: “The people are so nice. They make you feel like family, they were so welcoming, so accommodating and so friendly. We felt like we were home.

“I mean, having lived in New York for many, many years I wasn’t sure how to take it!

“I would urge anyone planning a vacation to go to Ireland.  You’ll never find another place like it ... I wish we could have shot the entire film there.”

The video is the latest element of Tourism Ireland’s campaign designed to highlight Ireland as a key Star Wars filming location and to promote holidays along the Wild Atlantic Way to millions of Star Wars fans around the world.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Since its release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been breaking box office records everywhere.

"Tourism Ireland has been taking every opportunity to capitalise on the publicity around the film – and, in fact, our two previous Star Wars films, released in December, have been collectively viewed by four million people so far.

"Our aim is to help whet peoples’ appetites to come and visit the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland.”

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