Filming begins on a rock not so far far away
A FILM crew will begin filming part of the new Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael on Monday.
The popular tourist attraction will be closed to the public for three days to facilitate the blockbuster shoot.
The Herald has learned that work crews associated with the production will be based in Portmagee from Sunday night and will be ferried in boats across to the island on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Boatmen and accommodation providers in the area have been tied into confidentially clauses.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed the iconic site has been made available for filming of the latest movie in the phenomenally successful sci-fi franchise.
South Kerry is set to benefit from a huge tourist boost that could mirror what The Lord of the Rings did for Matamata in New Zealand's North Island.
Skellig Michael is home to a Christian monastic settlement dating back to the sixth century and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson will star in the blockbuster film which will be released on December 18, 2015.