'˜Star Wars' excitement hits new heights in Malin Head

All roads are leading to Malin Head as '˜Star Wars' fever heats up this week.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 12:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 1:37 pm

Hordes of people have made their way to Ireland’s most northerly point as construction work takes place at a site believed to be the location for the filming of scenes for ‘Star Wars Episode VIII.’

While dates for filming have yet to be confirmed, it is understood some scenes will be shot in the coming days with more extensive scenes in mid-May.

Deputy Joe McHugh and Councillor Bernard McGuinness visited the location last week and said the crew already on set were grateful for the welcome they have received from the local community.

Deputy McHugh said while ‘Star Wars’ was the focus at the minute, the crew’s decision to film at Malin Head could be “the start of more films” being shot at the location.

He said all those involved with the film are “very sensitive” towards issues surrounding the local environment, working within their permit and foreshore licences and of the beauty of the area.

Deputy McHugh added that the film will also be “of huge value” to the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way. He said while there were still some ‘issues’ with infrastructure at Malin Head, this was a very positive development.