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Day One: Friday the 4th of May, 2018

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The Force is strong in this weekend...

That most momentous of days in the Star Wars lover’s calendar, Friday, May the 4th is the kick-off to an out-of-this-world three days. With fun, all-ages events taking place across lively Ballyferriter, Portmagee and Valentia Island, prepare to get intergalactic at atmospheric film screenings, stunning photography exhibits, behind the scenes tours, boat trips, guided walks and much more.

Lightsabers at the ready? It’s time to dive into the west coast at its most space-age.

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Feel the force in BALLYFERRITER

Photography & Videography Exhibition – Taispeántas Grianghrafadóireachta agus Fiseáin

Explore a fantastic collection of photographs and videography from Star Wars’ time in Kerry in one of the county’s best known pubs, Páidi Ó Sé’s in Ventry and Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne in Ballyferriter. This growing collection of photographs – taken and donated by both professional and amateur photographers – gives a glimpse into the national and international excitement felt when the production began filming on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Location: Páidi Ó Sé’s Pub, Ventry & Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter
Cost: Free
Booking: Not required


Cruise the Coastline – Glac crús ar imeallbhord 

Take a voyage around the coastline that Star Wars captured on the silver screen, while aboard the North Star Cruiser. Enjoy a leisurely cruise with local Skipper Michael O’ Connor, as he shares local knowledge of pretty Smerwick Harbour and takes passengers directly from Ballydavid Pier to open ocean locations boasting exceptional views of the coast.
Location: Ballydavid Pier
Time: Booking by pre-arrangement (cruise lasts 2.5 hours approx)
Cost: €35
Booking: 086 3520900 or westkerryseaangling.ie   

Sea Craft... Not Space Craft: Boat Flotilla – Mionchabhlach Bád

All aboard! All local and visiting sailing yachts, Galway Hookers, power boats and RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) are invited to join a fantastic flotilla of boats that will sail from Dingle to Smerwick Harbour/Ballydavid Pier. 

Sailing all along the breathtaking West Kerry coastline, you’ll spy the backdrop to many of spectacular scenes from the latest movie. Lucky sailors will pass Dunmore Head, Ceann Sibéal and Farran, arrive into Smerwick Harbour and moor close to Ballydavid Pier. Once docked, activities, food and accommodation will be organised at both Tigh T.P. and Begley’s Bar.
Location: Dingle to Smerwick Harbour/Ballydavid Pier
Time: Please contact below number for times, including depart times for the flotilla from Dingle..
Booking: starwarsballyferriter@gmail.com
Food & Accommodation at Ballydavid: Pre-booking is advised for food and accommodation at Ballydavid.
Contact: TP’s: 087-2460507 or Begleys: 066-9155123


Walk Among Movie Magic: Guided Film Location Walks –Siúlóid treoraithe chuig na láthaireacha scannanaíochta

Enjoy a guided walk across the very filming locations used in the latest movie. Guides (not quite Jedi but close...) will share the rich history of the areas too. Hear tales of early monastic settlements, the legendary Irish poet and Norman Lord Piaras Feiritéar, Ceann Sibéal and the many connections to the Star Wars set. With a host of unique stories and insights, find out how the village of Ballyferriter welcomed Star Wars and charmed visitors with its warmth, ceol, craic and culture.
Location: Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter
Time: Walks leave at 2pm daily, returning 4.30pm
Cost: In lieu of payment, each walker may make a voluntary donation to their guide
Booking: Visit Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne (West Kerry Museum) to book, open 10am-4pm daily


Jabba the… Beehive Hut? Visit a Skywalker Style Home – Na Clocháin Coirceogach, tabhair cuairt ar baile Skywalker

While Luke Skywalker’s hideaway of choice was among the remote huts of Skellig Michael, visitors can get up close with these types of beehive huts (or 'clocháin') without any boat trips, amid the beauty of Dingle Bay.
Overlooking the bay’s inviting scenery, these intriguing huts bear a striking resemblance to those used in the making of the latest movie. Of similar structure to the the monastic huts on Skellig Michael, the ancient corballed Gleann Fahan huts are thought to have housed pilgrims, given the area's many pilgrimmage sites. Get a taste of Luke’s life with a visit to one; entry is free to visitors savvy enough to arrive with a lightsaber or in Star Wars costume. Children can also feed the baby lambs on-site during their visit. Car parking facilities are available.
Location: Gleann Fahan, Slea Head
Time: 10am-7pm
Booking: Not required

  • Chewie welcomes you to Porgmagee

From Portmagee to ‘Porg’magee


Point your space pod toward Valentia Island's Bray Head, set for one evening only to become the stunning backdrop to this unique movie screening event. Enjoy an instalment from the Star Wars movie saga on the very big screen in the great outdoors from the comfort of your very own 'ship' and enjoy refreshments on site, a celestial atmosphere and the naturally wonderful Wild Atlantic Way setting.

Location: Bray Head car park, Valentia Island
Time: 7.30pm – Gates open at 6.30pm
Booking: https://www.retrodrivein.ie/may-the-4th

‘May the Fourth Be With You’ Céilí

Get footloose for a fun Star Wars-themed céilí in Portmagee’s village square. With props from a galaxy far, far away, the céilí craic also takes place nearby in The Moorings, showcasing traditional music, set dancing and singing.

Location: Portmagee Village Square and The Moorings
Time: 9.30pm
Booking: No booking required


Skellig Michael Boat Trips – Turais báid go Sceilig Mhichíl

With Skellig Michael doubling as Luke Skywalker’s hermit home, take a boat trip out around the famous island, and its sibling Little Skellig, to get a closer look at the ancient island that’s gone down in cinematic history.

Location: Pontoon in Portmagee Village centre
Time: 10am and 2.30pm (two sailings; 2.5 hour duration each)
Cost: €35
Booking: skelligmichaelboattrips.com or skelligexperience@live.com

Skellig Wars Tours – Turasanna ‘Skellig Wars’

Sit back and enjoy a driver-guided tour of the exquisite Kerry coast, embracing those incredible Skellig Island views and much more.

Location: The Moorings, Portmagee
Time: 9am and 2.30pm (two tours)
Cost: €30, 4-hour tour
Booking: iveraghhistoricaltours.com

indulge in Skelligs Chocolate – Seacláidí na Sceilge

Pop over to Skelligs Chocolate to fuel up and taste some freshly made cocoa delights. While you’re planning your next intergalactic discovery, enjoy delicious hot chocolate in the café while looking out over mighty Skellig Michael.

Location: Skelligs Chocolate Factory, Ballinskelligs
Time: Monday - Fri, 10am-5pm. Weekends, 11am-5pm
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