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    May the 4th be With You along the Wild Atlantic Way

    May the 4th be With You along the Wild Atlantic Way

    Fáilte Ireland’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival wraped up on Sunday after three days of events across the Kerry villages of Ballyferriter, Portmagee and Valentia Island and Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula.

    Celebrating May the 4th (the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe), the festival included a host of fun activities for all ages and sought to capitalise on the enthusiasm for the movie series, following filming for recent Star Wars films in locations along the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Highlights over the weekend included an epic lightsaber battle on the streets of Portmagee, a performance from Dingle native and five time World Champion Dancer David Geaney, who brought his hit Broadway show, Velocity, to Ballyferriter and Yoda Yoga on Port Ronan Beach. 

    Speaking about the festival, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said:
    “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was designed to attract visitors to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, not only over the May the 4th weekend but throughout the year. With the addition of Donegal as well as Kerry as a location, this year’s festival highlighted all that the wonderful West Coast has to offer visitors.”

    Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said:
    “The second ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival was a great success with a range of exciting events returning to Kerry and taking place in Donegal for the first time. The inclusion of iconic Irish landscapes in the Star Wars films has given the Wild Atlantic Way fantastic exposure around the world and the festival is a brilliant opportunity to promote the West Coast of Ireland and the country as a whole.”

    Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Festivals, Ciara Sugrue said:
    “It has been a truly amazing weekend across Kerry and Donegal and I’d like to thank the local tourism businesses and all those involved in both areas for coming together to help us make the festival bigger and better this year. Star Wars has created a curiosity around the Wild Atlantic Way and raised its profile amongst fans both domestically and internationally and this festival and the content we have been able to capture over the last few days will only raise the profile of the region further, attracting more visitors throughout the year.”

    Speaking about the festival, Gerard Kennedy, owner of The Moorings in Portmagee said:
    “The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival has had a very positive impact on local businesses and the community here. Star Wars created a huge amount of excitement for the area. The ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival has really helped sustain this excitement and attract more visitors year round and since the inaugural festival took place last year, we’ve seen a real uplift in bookings. This weekend was another great success, highlighting all we have to offer here and we’re looking forward to welcoming more visitors this year on the back of the coverage we’ve received.”

    Following the success of Fáilte Ireland’s first ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival in Kerry in May 2018, the festival also took place on the Inishowen Peninsula, Donegal this year.

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