Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ireland Trip #50: Killarney, Ireland's Star Wars Connection!

This is the last blog (Blog #50) about our stay in Killarney, Ireland -and we learned about the town's connection to the
upcoming Star Wars film! 

STAR WARS CONNECTION! - In July, 2014, the cast and crew for the upcoming Star Wars movie arrived in Killarney, Ireland. Part of the movie was filmed on the remote Irish island called Skellig Michael, located off the Dingle Peninsula (that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean).   The island was closed off to tourists while scenes were shot, while an Irish navy ship stood by.  Read more in this article from the U.K. Daily Mail from July 2014.

Cast, crew, producers, directors on Skellig Michael island. Credit: UK Daily Mail

We learned about that when we walked through downtown Killarney and went in a tee-shirt shop called THE IRISH PUB SHOP. The owner told us that she and her partner were out near the Great Skelling Islands, just off the Ring of Kerry Peninsula, and saw the "new Star Wars" movie being filmed. The tee-shirt shop owners created a local tee shirt that had become a huge hit. It said "Skellig Wars" and it had a puffins (birds) on it (because only puffins continued to live on those islands).  

The shop owner told us that actor Mark Hamill came into the shop with his wife and their son and bought the tee-shirts. She said she never did get to meet Harrison Ford, though, because he had broken his foot during filming and had returned home. 
Tourist office in Killarney

If you want this unique Star Wars Tee Shirt, you can order them from:

GOOD DINING- If you travel there, you can get good fish and chips at "Allegro" - a very casual restaurant that has been around since 1980. Just know that there are more french fries than you'll be able to eat. 
Leah and Rob pose for a picture

MEDIUM IN THE TOURIST OFFICE! - We went to the "Tourist Office/Paddywagon Tours" store where I bought a great book about Irish ghosts. The woman behind the counter was extremely helpful. Her name was Leah and she asked about my interest in ghosts (since I was buying "Haunted Ireland"). I told her I am a medium and she got all excited because she "loves the Long Island Medium"! She had about 20 minutes of questions about how it is to get messages from ghosts and spirits. I gave her my card and we took a picture together. It was a nice way to wrap up our trip in Killarney. 


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next