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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland 181

First time accepted submitter wijnands (874114) writes Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding populations of puffins, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes. Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a two-mile exclusion zone around the island. Unesco is now concerned about what is going on the island, which is only visited 13 times a year by tourist groups, and has asked the Irish government for an explanation.
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31, 2014 @10:22AM (#47574157)

    There are 13 tour companies one can take to visit the island. The tours run each day during the summer but only once per day. So there are 13 boats of visitors per day for 5 months out of the year, not 13 visits per year total.

  • by PvtVoid ( 1252388 ) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @10:31AM (#47574223)

    That person should tell the UN to mind its own business!

    The island is owned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights [], i.e. the Irish government.

    From the UNESCO web page on Sceilg Mhichíl []:

    When in 1578 Queen Elizabeth I of England dissolved Ballinskelligs following the rebellion of the Earl of Desmond, under whose protection it had been, the island passed from the Augustinian Order to John Butler. However, although the monastery no longer existed, it continued to be a place of pilgrimage. Around 1826 the owner sold the island to the Corporation for Preserving and Improving the Port of Dublin (later to become the Commissioners of Irish Lights), who built two lighthouses on the Atlantic side.

    Sorry to burst your little libertarian bubble there, dude. Better luck next time.

  • by 91degrees ( 207121 ) on Thursday July 31, 2014 @10:58AM (#47574379) Journal
    Aside from special effects, they really didn't do much shooting in the US. The studio work was mostly in the UK, and planets were represented by Tunisia , Italy, Spain, and a few others.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31, 2014 @02:39PM (#47576025)

    It's more likely to be that general knowledge education is simply better in UK

    And yet you didn't even know the difference between a Milking Devon and a Dutch Belted. Even a 8-year-old knows that where I'm from.

    But if you want to keep congratulating yourself with your own smug sense of intellectual superiority, might I suggest you buy a Macbook?

    It wouldn't be so bad if the reaction was "Ooh! Tell me more!" but more often than not I'm met with anger that I've shown someone up for their ignorance, or worse still, pride in ignorance.

    The reason they were angry wasn't because they love ignorance. It was likely because you came off as an smug little prick condescendingly talking down to your inferiors. You're the douchebag who feels the need to brag to everyone at the party that he doesn't even *OWN* a TV, and then wonders why people don't like you.

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