Stars Wars fans hoping to get a sneak preview of the filming of the Hollywood blockbuster in Donegal, Kerry, and Cork have been brought back down to earth.
A ring of steel has been erected around some of the country’s most scenic coastal landscapes.
Wifi blockers are also being used to ensure sky-high drones do not capture scenes from the blockbuster.
Filming starts in Donegal’s Malin Head today and continues until at least Sunday. Thousands of tourists have been clogging up the roads to the country’s most northerly point but film-makers are taking no chances of internet leaks.
Along with dozens of security guards, film bosses have brought in a wifi blocker to ensure drones cannot be used.
Donegal County Council said some roads were closed to the public until Monday.
Meanwhile, no-flight zones over a number of film set locations are being implemented by the Irish Aviation Authority during the next weeks.
The longest is in place on the Dingle peninsula, in west Kerry where a 21-day order bans flying under 1.5km within a circle of an 8km radius of Sybil Head and Dunmore Head. Described by the IAA as a safety measure, the ban continues until May 26. State aircraft and Irish Coast Guard Service are, however, exempt.
Similar restrictions will apply for two and three day periods at Brow Head in West Cork (May 16-18), Malin Head, and Loop Head in Co Clare (May 17-19).
The IAA warned unauthorised drones may be seized by gardaí “as evidence for potential prosecution and in the interest of aviation safety”.
The Skellig’s beehive monastic village has now been recreated on private land at a cliff edge at the top of Sybil Head, a protected area.
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