Tourism Ireland Wants Star Wars Fans to Visit First Jedi Temple


Hot on the heels of the official name of the planet from the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens being revealed, Tourism Ireland, the country's tourism board, has released a behind-the-scenes video showing how the on-location set was scouted and discovered.

The set of the planet Ahch-To, home to the First Jedi Temple and the exile location of Luke Skywalker, is an island off the coast of Kerry, Ireland called Skellig Michael. The island is home to the ruins of a Christian Monastery, which will likely double as the Jedi Temple in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which has already shot some preliminary scenes there with writer/director Rian Johnson and actor Mark Hamill.

The video, produced by Ireland's Discover Ireland, is intended to draw fans from around the world (it will air in 14 markets around the globe) to see the glory of Skellig Michael and other surrounding areas in-person.

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