18/09/15

Minister confirms filming has been completed successfully on Sceilg Mhichíl

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Friday) confirmed that Lucasfilm has successfully concluded three days of filming on Sceilg Mhichíl. Filming took place from Tuesday to Thursday of this week.

Experts from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the National Monument’s Service, which are divisions of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and experts from the Office of Public Works (OPW) supervised the film shoot and were present throughout preparation, filming and demobilisation.

Minister Humphreys will receive a full report on the activity in due course, however the experts have indicated that they are satisfied that all protocols and conditions set down were adhered to fully by the production team. NPWS Divisional Manager and Senior Ornithologist, Dr Philip Buckley, has confirmed to the Minister that there were no issues from an ecological and habitats standpoint.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“While I will receive a full report in the coming weeks, the experts who were supervising the film shoot have indicated to me that they were fully satisfied that the environmental and ecological safeguards enforced by my Department were strictly adhered to by the film production crew.

“This project has the potential to bring huge benefits to both the Irish film industry and the South Kerry region. I would like to congratulate all of those involved – across various State bodies – in bringing this together. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the very warm South Kerry welcome which was extended to the cast and crew.

“I am confident that we have struck the right balance, by protecting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, while allowing limited filming to take place. The result is a major boost for this region of Kerry, and a great boon for the Irish film industry.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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