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Lightsabers at the ready for Star Wars festival

The programme of events has been unveiled for this year's 'May the 4th Be With You' festival on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland, which will extend to Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula for the first time.

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Celebrating May the 4th, the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe, the festival, which takes place from Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th, includes events for all ages across villages in County Kerry and County Donegal.

Visit the home base for the cast and crew in Portmagee, while they filmed on the extraordinary Skellig Islands, enjoy a Star Wars themed Fun Run or Yoda Yoga on the beach, witness a lightsaber battle with over 300 lightsabers or sit back and watch outdoor drive-in movie screenings.

Filming for recent Star Wars films has taken place in locations across Kerry, Cork, Clare and Donegal. Following the success of Fáilte Ireland’s first ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, the festival will also take place in Malin Head, Donegal this year.

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The 'May the 4th be With You' festival will not only celebrate the Star Wars Universe, but also the history and natural landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, from boat tours exploring the coast to guided walks of the filming locations.

Speaking about the announcement of the programme, Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said: “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was designed to attract visitors to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, not only over the May the 4th weekend but throughout the year and the addition of Donegal as a location for this year’s festival will certainly highlight all that the North West region has to offer visitors.”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said: “I’m delighted to see an amazing programme of activity in Donegal for this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival. Following the success of the inaugural ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, Fáilte Ireland has worked with local communities across the Inishowen Peninsula to extend the festival to Donegal this year. As fans across the world celebrate May the 4th, the festival is a brilliant opportunity to promote Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way to a global audience.”

Janet Redler, Chief Executive of Janet Redler Travel & Tourism, added: "This exciting new festival builds upon the success of the Wild Atlantic Way as a filming location for Star Wars films. As well as including a wide range of fun and interesting Star Wars themed events, the festival will showcase the spectacular scenery in this awe-inspiring part of the world."

If you or your group would like to enjoy a tailor-made Star Wars location tour of Ireland, please do contact our friendly team today. 

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