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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Yes, I am your father... Skywalker family on Skellig

From left to right, Chelsea, Nathan and Griffin Hamill, children of actor Mark Hamill, arrive at Portmagee pier to board a boat to Skellig Michael where filming is taking place on the new Star Wars VII film. Photo: Damien Eagers
From left to right, Chelsea, Nathan and Griffin Hamill, children of actor Mark Hamill, arrive at Portmagee pier to board a boat to Skellig Michael where filming is taking place on the new Star Wars VII film. Photo: Damien Eagers

TWO of Star Wars' most iconic roles will be reprised on Skellig Michael today as cast members arrive for the second day of filming.

Mark Hamill - or Luke Skywalker as he will always be to millions - and Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia Organa, will be filming on the island for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Hamill's wife Marilou York and three children, Chelsea, Nathan and Griffin, were part of a group that had flown into Kerry Airport by private jet and were ferried out to the island along with film crew.

They are accompanying their father who is filming on location at the UNESCO World Heritage site. Director JJ Abrams was also on the island.

The small Kerry fishing village was a hive of activity for the first day of filming.

Work on day two began early this morning with boats carrying crew leaving Portmagee pier at 6am.

Security personnel were on duty at 5am, but once the helicopter left Con O'Shea's farm at 7.45am it signalled the action was about to begin.

The high-profile movie set has ruffled more feathers than those of the island's puffin population.

UNESCO's World Heritage Centre has made inquiries about who authorised filming on the site designated a World Heritage Site in 1996 due to its monastic settlement ruins from the 6th century. Birdwatch Ireland is also complaining about the timing of the filming in the middle of breeding season.

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