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first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>May the 4th 2018 heralded a weekend of celebrations of the Star Wars Universe across the globe, for Star Wars Day – and in a new festival across the County Kerry villages of Ballyferriter, Portmagee, Ballinskelligs and Valentia Island – Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!The new festival celebrates Star Wars Day and the links between County Kerry and the renowned movie franchise. Ireland’s Star Wars journey, which began in Portmagee, County Kerry in 2014, has spanned some 2,000kms of the Wild Atlantic Way – from the south-western Skellig islands to Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.The savage beauty of Skellig Michael, the legendary island off the coast of County Kerry, was introduced to the world when Rey finally tracked down the long-lost Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way was catapulted to global fame following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with Ireland’s dramatic coastal scenery wowing millions of Star Wars fans around the world in the box-office smash-hit.Fans in Ireland enjoyed outdoor drive-in movie screenings, guided film location walks, children’s workshops, a special céilí for Star Wars fans (fancy dress encouraged!) and more, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the west Kerry coast, which featured in the latest movie installation, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. festivalIrelandsStar Warslast_img