Lucasfilm using Skellig Michael to shoot scenes for the film has caused controversy, with environmental groups concerned it could damage the island’s fragile environment and threaten its bird population, despite the obvious tourist benefits., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and a council member of An Taisce, argue the pros and cons.
SINCE the EU introduced regulations leading to a huge reduction of sheep on the hills we’ve been hearing complaints about uncontrolled vegetation that can result in fires that sometimes get out of control. At certain times of the year, farmers set fires to burn off scrub to allow fresh grass grow.
One man’s blessing is another man’s curse. Some might feel that owning a heritage structure can be a bit of thorn in the side, but it can actually give you your livelihood — if you’ve ever been to Powerscourt House in Wicklow on a sunny summer Sunday you can hardly get in the gate with the droves of people flocking to appreciate some of Ireland’s heritage.