Star Wars Fans Look Forward To ‘May The 4th’ Festival In South Kerry

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The May The 4th Be With You Festival takes place in Portmagee and the surrounding area next month.

THE ‘May the 4th Be With You’ Festival, which was first launched in 2018 by Fáilte Ireland, is returning to the Skellig Coast region this year after two years being hosted virtually.

The festival was created to celebrate the filming of the Star Wars film franchise on Skellig Michael.

Episode VII, The Force Awakens and Episode VIII, The Last Jedi both featured the iconic Skellig Islands where it was known as Ahch-To Island, effectively the centre of the Jedi Universe.

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The Star Wars connection to the Skellig Coast remains very strong and in 2019 the festival welcomed fans from all over the world who visited the region and enjoyed a weekend full of various events including Virtual Reality, Yoda Yoga, Star Wars Parade and much more.

A team of local volunteers, together with Fáilte Ireland and the 501st Ireland Garrison continued to bring this festival to Star Wars fans virtually over the past two years due to ongoing restrictions and they are delighted to be able to launch the in-person event once again on May 4th 2022.

This year’s festival will see the launch of an exciting Star Wars Fan Film Competition. Along with the competition, the event will also feature a Star Wars Treasure Trail, Comic-Con event, Quizzes, Dark Skies night-time events and so much more. There will also be events running online throughout the weekend.

The Festival will kick off on Wednesday May 4th at The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre and will run until Sunday May 8th. Throughout some fantastic locations in Portmagee and Valentia on the Wild Atlantic Way route. For more on the festival, check out their Facebook page by clicking here.

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