Star Wars treat for Limerick visitors

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Mark Hamill features in Star Wars Episode V111
Mark Hamill features in Star Wars Episode VIII

LIMERICK people won’t be the only visitors to West Clare next week when filming for the eighth installment of the famous Star Wars film franchise will get under way in Kilbaha.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is the next chapter in the epic space series, and the Loop Head peninsula is the latest Irish location to feature on the filming schedule which also includes Donegal, Kerry and Cork.

A small crowd gathered in the area over the weekend in the hope of catching a glimpse of the action.

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But Ailish Connolly from Kilbaha Gallery and Crafts says it’s likely people will have to wait until the film comes out to see what’s really going on in the area.

It’s understood that the filming will take place on private land and Clare County Council have said that Loop Head Lighthouse will be closed between next Tuesday and Thursday, while a no-fly zone will be imposed by The Irish Aviation Authority.

It remains to be seen whether any of the series’ famous actors will feature in the Clare shoot, but for local people its already been an experience that’s out of this world.