SWCO Highlight: The Force is strong in Ireland Part 1

We all remember this scene from The Force Awakens…Rey and Chewie fly the Falcon over the sea and up to a little green, rocky island, where she climbs the well worn stairs that eventually lead her to Luke…

The camera then pans around and up and away to reveal the breathtaking (or at least to me it is) view of…



An island off the Western coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael served as the setting for the above mentioned scene and, as we now know, future scenes in The Last Jedi.

Ireland.com had a booth (one of my favorites) at SWCO and we were able to stop by and learn more about this enchanting setting.

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We were welcomed to the booth very warmly by the dear Gerard. He enthusiastically told us about Skellig Michael’s role in the film as well as inland locations that felt the buzz of filming.


Gerard and CC

Gerard and his wife Patricia have owned The Mooring and Bridge Bar  in Portmagee, Co. Kerry for 29 years (it’s been in the family since 1958).



The guesthouse can sleep 43 people, with guest stays averaging 2-3 days. Gerard recommended at least 3 days to get a good feel for the village and it’s people. The guesthouse is connected to the Bridge Bar which serves as a restaurant and gathering place for guests.

The Bridge Bar was visited many times by cast and crew of TFA and Gerard lit up when he told us that Mark Hamill himself got behind the bar and pulled himself a pint of Guinness!

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Not Mark Hamill 😉

Now having a connection with the Star Wars franchise, the tourist season has been extended in this area due to tourist wanting to come to the area where it all happened.

In the works right now is an experience called Skellig Quest. This vacation is set to combine a lovely stay in the village of Portmagee with a boat ride out to Skellig Michael itself. Depending on the winds that day, you may even be able to walk the island.


Gerard has suggested for visitors to plan their stay between May 15th and October 2nd to better ensure that the boat can land at the island.

Helping people have the greatest of times while they are in their area of Ireland is what Gerard and Patricia are passionate about. They enjoy meeting people from all over the world and they want to meet you!

So, is Ireland calling you now? It sure is calling me!

Make sure you set aside 2-3 days of your next visit Ireland and experience a little slice of Star Wars while you are there!

May the Guinness be with you!!!






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