BECAUSE IRELAND FEATURES prominently in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the country has been going a little bit Star Wars mad in anticipation of the film’s release. The village of Portmagee, which is just off Skellig Michael, decided to temporarily rename their town to ‘Porgmagee’ until the release date of the movie (which is the 15th of December).
Now Tourism Ireland are taking it a step further. In what appears to be an attempt to lure extra terrestrials to Irish cinemas, they have launched a billboard with an advertisement for Skellig Michael (due to its appearances in the Star Wars films) into the earth’s stratosphere. It reads “Visit Earth’s Wild Atlantic Way” and at 33,390 meters, the advertisement is about as close as you can get to space.
On the Tourism Ireland website, they wrote “You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to discover a landscape that is truly out of this world. Just ask the makers of Star Wars.” The CEO Niall Gibbons said that the ‘space tourism publicity stunt’ is just a bit of fun. The fact that another Star Wars film was shot on location along the Wild Atlantic Way is truly a fantastic coup for Irish tourism. It presents Tourism Ireland with a superb opportunity to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland in 2018.
Apart from the mountainous island of Skellig Michael, Star Wars will also feature scenery from Cork, Kerry, Clare and Donegal. The first official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi caused a major kerfuffle and one new addition to the Star Wars universe captured the hearts and minds of commentators. That was of course, the porgs, the loveable new species of fluffy, flappy-winged sea birds who are native to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has been living. The porgs instantly became an internet sensation, inspiring countless memes and frequent “aww” sounds from viewers.
From galaxies far away to the Wild Atlantic Way, immerse yourself in the feeling of otherworldly with this incredible 360° video of Skellig Michael. Explore an edge of the world place in a destination out of this world.
Posted by Wild Atlantic Way on Friday, 8 December 2017
Dr Mark Jessop, marine biologist in UCC, said they’d be hard to miss if you were on the island. “There’s quite a few thousand of them breeding on the Skelligs and that’s where they did a lot of the filming for Star Wars so it’s not really out of the universe that they’ve taken them as an inspiration for one of their new characters”, he said. Take a look at some of the best porg-inspired banter on Twitter below.
my porg will go on pic.twitter.com/qWnJnGrFjg
— heath (@heathdwilliams) October 10, 2017
— Laura (@lsirikul) October 10, 2017
Yes this is..
— GAME Westwood Cross (@GAMEWestwood) October 10, 2017
spoiler: the answer is porgs. porgs win the star wars. pic.twitter.com/FNcLKk6On6
— Sleve McDichael (@HashtagHarris) October 10, 2017
— Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) October 10, 2017
The rather ominous trailer picks up from the final scene in 2015’s The Force Awakens and shows Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) meet on the rugged cliffs of Skellig Michael. Rey wields a lightsaber but her power frightens rather than impresses him. “I’ve seen this raw strength only once before,” an unsettled Luke says. “It didn’t scare me enough then. It does now.” Meanwhile, Rey tells Luke: “Something inside me has always been there. But now it’s awake. And I need help.”In case you missed it – here’s the epic and ominous Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. Coming to the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s dramatic Atlantic Coast.
I a legitimately torn. If you want to come in clean, absolutely avoid it.
But it’s gooooood….. https://t.co/Y29K5yz8i4
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 8, 2017
The 154-second clip also sees Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, looking worried as she stands in the control room of a spaceship, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in a starfighter seemingly on a mission of destruction, and there are also glimpses of Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson took to Twitter before the trailer’s release to warn fans who wanted to avoid spoilers to steer well clear of the new promo.
Judging by the extended teaser which has just been released the stars of Star Wars: The Last Jedi are the late Carrie Fisher, the Wild Atlantic Way and of course the Porgs! Looks like we will be seeing an influx of Star War’s Porg tourists to Ireland’s dramatic Wild Atlantic Way next year! May the fáilte be with you…
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