Closer Look at the Ahch-To Huts at Ceann Sibéal in Kerry for Episode VIII!


It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that Star Wars is coming back to cinemas later this year. On December 16, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit cinemas, chronicling a band of rebels who attempt to steal the Death Star plans seen in Star Wars: A New Hope. However, this month we were treated with pictures of huts similar to the Skellig Michael location being recreated at Pinewood Studios for Episode VIII. Now even more pictures of huts have surfaced from Ceann Sibeal in Kerry, Ireland where they began building even more beehive type huts for the film… and Irish Examiner has obtained exclusive photos from the ultra-secretive set — including one Huge hut.


It’s not really giving too much away … but if you’re a Star Wars fan, check out these awesome pics below.


We were alerted in a recent tweet earlier today.



From the Irish Examiner


Detailed shots capture the preparations for the latest round of filming of the Star Wars series on the Kerry headland, with work continuing on recreating the beehive- like structures of Skellig Michael, seen in the final scene on the planet Ahch-To at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Last month contractors began work on the next round of filming including the creation of a roadway to the set. It is understood filming will begin next month and could run for two or more weeks.


We live in an age where airplane pilots and drones are getting our set photos for us, which is very interesting to me, this brave new world we live in. However, as someone who likes to find specific Star Wars awesomeness, there’s nothing like exclusive photos like this.










Star Wars: Episode VIII will see the return of central characters played by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Domhnall Gleeson, with expected new cast members such as Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. A trailer for spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released this week.



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28 thoughts on “Closer Look at the Ahch-To Huts at Ceann Sibéal in Kerry for Episode VIII!

  • April 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Good to see the effort they’re putting into these films.

  • April 9, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I like the Luke´s version of Dagobah.

    • April 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Yeah thought the same thing. Maybe Luke will extol the virtues of eating as well. “How you get so big eating inflatable food? Patience! A Jedi, serious meals should prepare.”

      • April 9, 2016 at 4:09 pm

        When ruined as many Jedi Orders as I have, look as good you will not!

        Actually Yoda kind of ran his into the ground as well. Canonically speaking all we’ve really witnessed is the Jedi suck at maintaining order 😛

        • April 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

          And it’s all because of their inconsistent diets

      • April 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm

        What we know about the force started in Dagobah training.
        It is legendary.

  • April 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I would’ve preferred it if in TFA, the final battle would’ve been at Ahch To. Artoo could’ve been already woth Han on the freighter (cause Han took him everywhere In case he stumbled into Luke) Once BB 8 saw Artoo, he would’ve woken him up or something. Han then takes them to Maz to get supplies and advice. The empire catches up and Chewie gets killed in the battle, but the plans don’t get captured. When Han meets up with Leia, they decide that Starkiller would have to be Poe’s problem. They split up, Han, Rey, Finn, and Leia go to Ahch to, and Po and his squadron go to StarKiller base. They find Luke and Luke refuses to help. Meanwhile at Starkiller base, Po gets captured and Kylo tortures him into revealing where Han and the gang went. A fleet of First Order ships arrives at Ahch To, Leia calls for resistance backup and a huge battle ensues. While Captian Phasma stays on the lower steppes, Kylo and his of Knights of Ren make it to where Luke is. A duel begins, Han takes cover and tries to be helpful, Leia and Rey observe from the Falcon, fighting off First Order Tie fighters as well. Luke manages to kill 4 Knights, but this gives Kylo the chance to confront Han. Han Solo dies and Luke retreats, the Falcon lowers and Luke jumps onto the boarding platform. They manage to escape barely, and the movie ends with a shot of Kylo Ren dumping new ashes into his shrine thing. (Presumed to be Han Solo)

    Sorry about my grammar and spelling, I typed this up just trying to get my ideas down. 🙂

    • April 10, 2016 at 5:15 am

      Seems a bit overblown. I liked the simpler lightsaber battle in the real movie.

      • April 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

        Besides being convoluted, I’d also say that ending is more second act than first – to set up the peril of no doubt we’ll be left in at the end of the next film, the story really needs for the first film to end on an upbeat.

  • April 9, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    That Rogue One teaser has really put Episode VIII in the shade. Never thought I’d think that.

    • April 9, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Only because you’ve seen nothing of Ep 8.

      • April 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

        Yes of course, you’re so right. I’m really looking froward to VIII, but I’m Rogue One ready now.

        • April 10, 2016 at 5:14 am

          As am I, but we all know that an awesome Episode VIII trailer will change that in an instant.

          • April 10, 2016 at 5:43 am

            Totally. They shouldn’t released both movies at the same time, as a double bill /:O)

          • April 10, 2016 at 6:12 am

            I’d be more than up for that.

          • April 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

            Could be wrong, but I’m guessing nearer the time, they will have a preview evening episode 7/Rogue one double bill as they are with Captain America. Maybe even a star wars marathon on release day!Just imagine 8 films back to back on the big screen – awesome

    • April 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      I really do not care for Rogue one. Looks boring.

      • April 10, 2016 at 5:14 am

        You’ve seen one minute of footage out of the 2 hour movie running time. Wait until you see more footage and/or see the movie to judge.

    • April 10, 2016 at 3:57 am

      The funny thing is, Rogue One is meant to mirror the OT, and it will probably have more differences that Ep. 7 did.

      • April 10, 2016 at 5:45 am

        Think that’ll be a good thing. As long as it captures the essence of a SW movie.

    • April 10, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Rogue One is the homage to the OT I’ve been waiting for. Giving us the original look and feel of that era. TFA only needed to utilise Han, Leia and Luke, there was no need to use so many other elements IMO, and I still believe the First Order would of been better served portrayed as a terrorist group working in the shadows than a force like it was.

  • April 9, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    what’s so important about those huts? Ancient jedi temple ruins? Was hoping for something different…

    • April 10, 2016 at 1:52 am

      The first Jedi temple. The same as the ones on Skellig Michael, but they can’t film there for any extended time, so these are replicating those.

  • April 10, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Huts vs Hutts

  • April 10, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Do they really spend that much time in the huts? I would have thought they could have gotten most of that work done in a short period of time. Then again, they did rewrite the movie. And since J.J. Said they first script was outstanding, I’m kind of glad they did write t again.

    • April 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      It’s not so much that they spend time in those huts, it’s more a case as they are putting so much detail into everything! If you have seen the extras, you’ll know they put details on the Falcon’s CGI model that were on the original, but are impossible to see – just to ensure authenticity! BTW anyone else feel ripped off with the Blu Ray? They had an entire second Blu ray to fill up and they only give <5 mins deleted scenes!

  • April 10, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I saw some of these at the end of the film and was hoping that we’d see them in this one instead of a vacant wasteland. It fits in with the one Yoda was living in on Dagobah. I’d like to know where exactly this is in the GFFA though.

  • April 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Look fwd to Luke communing with Yoda’s force ghost in this one!

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