In an increasingly crowded world, uncontrolled access to natural or man-made tourist attractions has become a contested idea.
Mon, 03 Sep, 2018
New figures released on request by the Office of Public Works reveal the yearly cost of running Skellig Michael is over €500,000.
Mon, 30 Jul, 2018
Skellig Michael will remain closed to visitors for at least another three weeks, meaning the island made famous by Star Wars could be facing its shortest-ever tourist season.
Tue, 01 May, 2018
Suitable land is being sought to provide a third car park in a Kerry harbour village, the main departure point for Skellig Michael, which features in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Wed, 31 Jan, 2018
Luke Skywalker actor, Mark Hamill, says Ireland is like a “fairytale world”.
Wed, 27 Dec, 2017
There are warnings that Skellig Michael could lose its UNESCO World Heritage status due to its rebranding as a Star Wars site.
Thu, 21 Dec, 2017
It’s easy to see how magical Skellig Michael captured Hollywood’s imagination, writes .
Sat, 09 Dec, 2017
Ahead of Star Wars:The Last Jedi coming to cinemas next week, Fáilte Ireland has shared a breathtaking video of Skellig Michael.
Fri, 08 Dec, 2017
The Office of Public Works is to consider extending the visitor season to Skellig Michael, the Unesco world heritage site in Co Kerry.
Wed, 04 Oct, 2017
An extension of the visitor season and number of boats operating to world heritage site Skellig Michael have been firmly ruled out.
Thu, 24 Aug, 2017
In 1977 we were introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for the first time. To mark 40 years of Star Wars,took a trip to Skellig Michael (aka the planet Ahch-To), set to take centre stage again.
Sat, 05 Aug, 2017
Skellig Michael, the world heritage site off the coast of Kerry, is to open to visitors this weekend.
Fri, 12 May, 2017
MORE than 1,400 years ago the rocky outcrop of Skellig Michael in Kerry became home to a small group of men seeking religious solitude and isolation on one of the most extraordinary islands on earth.
Thu, 13 Apr, 2017
Skellig Michael will re-open to visitors today following recent works to repair rockfall damage.
Sun, 15 May, 2016
Lifting machinery was being ferried out to Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry yesterday after a giant boulder fell from a height, just hours after the announcement that the island was to re-open on Saturday.
Wed, 11 May, 2016
Concern is growing on the monastic site Skellig Michael after another serious rockfall.
Mon, 09 May, 2016
The Office of Public Works had issued a ban on all boats from landing on Skellig Michael until further notice or without express permission due to what are described as “extremely dangerous” conditions.
Mon, 25 Apr, 2016
Tourism Ireland today launched phase three of its special Star Wars campaign, targeting fans of the science fiction franchise around the world.
Fri, 15 Apr, 2016
No planning permission was required for the current construction of a new Star Wars film set on the cliff edge of a protected headland in Kerry, the county council had determined.
Fri, 15 Apr, 2016
Images taken by a tourist boat operator reportedly captured the significant storm and wave damage to the main visitor path and landing areas on Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast, the Office of Public Works confirmed.
Thu, 17 Mar, 2016
Heritage experts are to visit Skellig Michael island off the Kerry coast in the coming days to inspect "significant damage" caused to the world heritage site.
Wed, 16 Mar, 2016
Boatmen in Kerry are criticising the OPW for reducing the number of days they can bring tourists to see Skellig Michael.
Thu, 10 Mar, 2016
A new permit scheme, opening it up to competition, is to be introduced for boats operating to Skellig Michael, the Unesco World Heritage Site site featured in the latest Star Wars movie, in an attempt to curb out-of-season landings and poor safety.
Mon, 01 Feb, 2016
Wed, 20 Jan, 2016
Mike O’Shea’s line of work has taken him to countless dizzying heights, but none so giddy as being included in the closing credits of what is set to become the top-grossing movie of all time.
Fri, 08 Jan, 2016
Tue, 05 Jan, 2016
Sad news for Irish Star Wars fans who were expecting to see Luke Skywalker back in Kerry this year for filming of Episode VIII, as new information suggests that we may have seen the last of the Jedi Knight on our shores for now.
Sun, 03 Jan, 2016
Thu, 31 Dec, 2015
Mike O’Shea, adventurer and owner of Work at Height, which looked after the logistics of getting cast, crew and equipment onto Skellig Michael, said: “We knew what they wanted us to know even though we were heavily involved but it’s a very secretive industry.
Fri, 18 Dec, 2015
Fri, 18 Dec, 2015
A Victorian-era hotel in the village of Waterville, Co Kerry, has been revealed as the host to the
Wed, 16 Dec, 2015
More than eight million tourists are expected to visit Ireland next year as the Star Wars effect will help bring a €4bn boost to the economy.
Tue, 01 Dec, 2015
The filming of the latest Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael had no adverse impact on seabirds, their habitats or the biodiversity on the island.
Tue, 20 Oct, 2015
Filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII has begun on Skellig Michael with a break in the weather yesterday finally making it possible for the Disney Lucasfilm crew to access the island.
Wed, 16 Sep, 2015
Earlier, sunshine and calm seas allowed cast and crew to get onto the island of the Kerry coast to begin filming.
Tue, 15 Sep, 2015
It is the fastest selling item in gift shops in South Kerry, but yesterday the ‘Skellig Wars’ T-shirts were the only evidence the force had returned.
Tue, 15 Sep, 2015
As the ‘Star Wars’ film crew returns to Skellig Michael on Monday,agrues that the claims the Unesco World Heritage Site will be damaged simply don’t stand up.
Sat, 12 Sep, 2015
A boatman could be on collision course with the makers of Star Wars after he pledged to bring pre-booked passengers to Skellig Michael – even if it clashes with filming.
Thu, 10 Sep, 2015
Star Wars is returning to Skellig Michael.
Tue, 08 Sep, 2015
The Irish Film Board has broken its silence around the upcoming Star Wars shoot on Skellig Michael by saying it must adhere to confidentiality demands from producers.
Sun, 30 Aug, 2015
Could the Jedi be returning after all?
Fri, 24 Jul, 2015
Two trips to Skellig Michael, more than 20 years apart, showedhow landowners who are accommodating small-scale tourism initiatives fear negligence.
Fri, 10 Apr, 2015
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Mon, 28 Jul, 2014