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Day Two: Saturday the 5th of May, 2018

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A new day, a new beginning...

Keep the force strong this weekend with even more great things to do for Star Wars lovers of all ages and interests. From Ballyferriter to Portmagee and Valentia Island, Saturday, May the 5th events will leave you starstruck. 

There are movie screenings, arts and crafts workshops, boat trips, tours and tastings, and even a chance to peer out into the night sky to see what lies beyond. And that's just the beginning. So if you're ready for a space age adventure, hit warpdrive and fly into a weekend packed with activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

  • Skellig Michael or Skywalker's hideaway?

From Portmagee to ‘Porg’magee

Puffin workshop 

Did you know that the curious porgs found living alongside Luke Skywalker on Ahch-To were actually inspired by puffins?

Like porgs, puffins – found on certain islands off of Ireland's west coast – are also stocky, sea and cliff-dwelling, and impossibly cute. Want to know how the puffins of Skellig Michael became the porgs of Ahch-To? Look no further than this eye-opening workshop, where you'll learn why they made the perfect models for the movie whilst making your very own puffin arts and crafts.
Experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry!
Location: Skelligs Visitors Centre
Time: Workshop 2pm–4.30pm
Booking: Not required 

Skellig Island’s Virtual Reality Experience

Experience the Skellig Island’s up close and in the comfort of the Skellig Visitors Centre with a virtual reality experience. Step inside life-sized beehive huts, put on your virtual reality headset and be whisked right on to the Skellig Islands.
Location: Skelligs Visitors Centre
Time: 10am–5.00pm
Booking: Not required 


Skellig Michael Boat Trips – Turasanna báid go Sceilg 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 treoraithe ag tiomanaí - ‘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: 11am-5pm    


THE GREAT JOURNEY: Skelligs Monks Trail – Bealach Manach na Sceilge

Walk in the footsteps of the wise men of old on the Skellig Monks Trail, a beautiful 2km stroll along the foreshore from Ballinskelligs Beach car park to Ballinskelligs pier and the old Coast Guard station at Reen.

Littered with history and heritage, this route will also take you past Ballinskelligs Abbey, which was the land base of the Skellig monks. Learn all about the history of the Skelligs, the transatlantic cable laid nearby, St Michael's Well, Ballinskelligs Castle, and the pirates, shipwrecks, and much, much more that have coloured the history of this area for centuries. 

Location: Ballinskelligs Beach car park
Time: 1.30pm 
Booking: Not required
Distance: 2.1km
Difficulty: Easy
Notes: This is a low level walk. Wear comfortable shoes/rainwear

GAZE AT A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY – Breathnaigh ar réaltra i bhfad i gcéin

As Kerry is home to one of the few Dark Sky Reserves in the whole country, on a clear night in the southwest region of Ireland, the sky is simply stunning. with a whole universe of astronomical sights as visible to the naked eye as in the Grand Canyon or the desert plains of Africa. Join astronomers of every experience level for this cosmic day out, where you'll not only learn about the Irish night sky; you'll be able to view it, too.

See familiar constellations peppered with more stars than you knew were there; catch a glimpse of the beautiful band of the Milky Way; gaze in wonder at the Andromeda galaxy, star clusters and nebulas – all without the aid of any astronomical equipment or filters. It'll be out of this world.

Part One: Indoor audiovisual presentation
Location: Community hall, Dungeagan, Ballinskelligs
Time: 3pm
Booking: Not required; free of charge

Part Two: Public stargazing event
Location: Ballinskelligs car park
Time: 9.30pm
Booking: Not required; free of charge

  • Chewie's feeling the Force


Drive-In Movie/Scannán Cois Farraige

What better way to watch a Star Wars film than at an authentic drive-in screening surrounded by the scenery that so inspired it? Taking place at beautiful Béal Bán Beach and set against a backdrop of one of the films' exquisite locations, Ceann Sibéal, you will be able to drive to the beach, enjoy locally-provided refreshments and enjoy a worldwide exclusive, all while immersed in the spectacular scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Cars should be parked by 7.00pm; the movie begins at 7.30pm. Film duration: 2 hours, 32 minutes.
Location: Béal Bán Beach, Ballyferriter village
Time: 7.30pm – gates open at 6.30pm
Booking: https://www.retrodrivein.ie/may-the-4th

The Making of Star Wars - The Last Jedi: Photography Exhibition

Explore a fantastic collection of photographs 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 the world over – 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

Self-guided Village Trail – Cosán féin-threoraithe

Starting at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne follow our self-guided picture/information trail of local locations used in the making of some scenes from the latest Star Wars movies. Follow the trail behind the village which overlooks two of the film locations and use our telescope in the village to get a closer look when you reach the end of the trail. 

Parking: Use public parking where possible in the village and at the school.
Booking: Not required.


CREATE YOUR OWN Pottery – Cruthaigh do Phíosa fhéin

A must-do experience for children and adults alike, this pottery making workshop will really get you fired up and in fine festival form. The skilled staff at Louis Mulcahy Pottery in pretty Clothar, Ballyferriter will show you how to make your own pottery character, which can be finished for you in the kiln and shipped to you. Afterwards, enjoy fresh local flavours and a comforting cup in the on-site café.

Location: Clothar, Ballyferriter, Dingle, Co Kerry
Time: 12pm-4pm
Cost: From €10
Booking: Not required
Phone: 066 9156229
Email: dingle@louismulcahy.com

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 take 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 became immortalised in the global franchise.

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

Stellar Stone Painting – Peinteáil Sár-Chlocha 

From the legendary Jedi Muntuur stones to otherworldly Kunda stones that give lightsabers their power, the Star Wars universe is full of rocks that are anything but ordinary. So why not gather up a few of your smoothest favourites and bring them along to this stone painting workshop. The art instructors at the West Kerry Museum in the heart of the village will show young and old alike how to paint your favourite Star Wars characters onto the stones for a memento you can keep with you... always. 

Location: Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter Village
Time: 2pm-4pm
Cost: €5
Booking: Not required

COSMIC COSPLAY – Culaith Cosmach

Whether you prefer to go Hans Solo or make it a family affair as Luke, Leia and Darth Vader, you'll have your chance to act out your own Star Wars fantasy when you rent a costume from Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne in the centre of the village. Adults and children alike are welcome to step into the shoes of your favourite character, and then show it off around the village on a guided walk. The 501st crew will be on hand in full finery so you can snap as many selfies as your heart desires and make it a day to remember. 

Location: Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Ballyferriter Village
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: Costume prices available from the information desk at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne