Spokesperson Talks Permission for Star Wars Ceann Sibéal Episode VIII Set

1SkelligMichaelBeeHiveHuts_largeBy now you’ve probably seen some pictures of the set of Star Wars Episode VIII in Ceann Sibéal near Ballyferriter. Skellig Michael replica beehive huts and temporary roadways for the filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII have been constructed on the headland. A large portion of the set is an area of special protection for a bird species. The headland is considered one of the best areas for the cliff nesting Chough in the country. A Kerry County Council spokesperson has revealed the status of the set planning permission of the shoot.



The Star Wars set on Ceann Sibeál is an “exempted development” and a such does not require planning permission.

That’s according to the Kerry County Council spokesperson, who confirmed to Radio Kerry News this is due to the “temporary nature” of the set.

Permits for the project which will begin filming on privately-owned land on Ceann Sibéal on the mainland on the Dingle peninsula had been granted by the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.


Ceann Sibeal


The short film shoot next month on the cliff edges, mostly in the western half of Ceann Sibéal, will take place during the breeding season, but will not adversely interfere with them, according to an ecological assessment for the department.

To limit interference, crew and personnel movement will be capped at peak numbers of 100 people in the designated conservation area and restricted to the replica village or its base.


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The filming, over a week- long period, is to be strictly controlled with camera helicopters flying at a minimum distance of 100m from the headland in the vicinity of the beehive huts and restricted to three days. Filming is to take place during daylight and at sunset on occasion, according to the criteria laid down by the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. Department representatives will be on site.


Further protection measures will be applied if adverse reactions by the breeding birds are observed.


Filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII will be taking place next month.



Additional Source: Irishexaminer



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26 thoughts on “Spokesperson Talks Permission for Star Wars Ceann Sibéal Episode VIII Set

  • April 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm


    Guys!! Holy shit I saw this video on YouTube..and if it’s true it sounds Plagueis as FUCK!! Lol this theory got my all kinds of excited.

    • April 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      There’s nothing new or original in that video and listening to the guy narrating it is often times painful, due to him being often times ineloquent, due to him being a resident of the USA, USA, USA…

      • April 16, 2016 at 12:09 am

        Reading you post, I pictured you with you nose in the air.

        • April 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

          Yes, I was having a very snooty day, I’d highly recommend it, you feel somehow lighter afterwards.

      • April 16, 2016 at 5:03 am

        Without the USA there would be no Star Wars. You’d probably also be living under the rule of either a King or a dictator. So STFU. How’s that for eloquent?

        • April 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm

          Americans must be the most thin skinned people on the planet, I guess it’s a consequence of growing up in a society that actively discourages criticism and that tells everyone they’re great at everything. There’d be no USA without Europeans and no Star Wars without European mythology.

          • April 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

            Well you make Europeans sound like dicks. However, I’ve met many Europeans who were very nice, so I’m guessing you’re an outlier.

          • April 19, 2016 at 1:39 am

            I’m not European, and even if I was, I’d never be in the same league as, hard of thinking, dick Yanks such as yourself.

          • April 16, 2016 at 8:51 pm

            “a consequence of growing up in a society that actively discourages criticism”

            You do realize that America as a country has more freedom of speech than basically all of Europe, right?

          • April 19, 2016 at 1:25 am

            No I don’t realise that because it isn’t true. Anyway I’m referring to the American tendency to sugarcoat stuff – where politeness trumps truth telling.

          • April 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

            You’ve obviously never met a Republican.

          • April 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

            That’s true.

        • April 19, 2016 at 1:28 am

          Except you it seems.

    • April 16, 2016 at 12:22 am

      I didn’t even think it was a bacta tank

      • April 16, 2016 at 7:36 am


    • April 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      I don’t buy it. That said… it’s not impossible. I wouldn’t be against it if it happened though. It just doesn’t feel like it flows as naturally as it should.

  • April 15, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I am in Kerry fpr the next three days. Anyone knows where the set is exactly? Can it be viewed before the restricted area??

  • April 15, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome theory. Sounds pretty convincing and that is definitely a Bacta tank.

  • April 16, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Meditation Huts.

    And I’m assuming Rey will construct her own lightsaber. Instead of using Luke’s throughout the entire trilogy. It’s like Indy’s hat, it only belongs to him.

      • April 17, 2016 at 7:36 am

        I feel / hope that luke will continue to use his green saber. The blue one is a family heirloom but that one is HIS, that he built as a right of passage to become a jedi. It seems more personal than his fathers saber.

    • April 20, 2016 at 7:10 am

      Re: “Instead of using Luke’s throughout the entire trilogy. It’s like Indy’s hat”

      She shouldn’t be using Anakin’s old saber – that’s historical, it belongs in a museum!

  • April 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I have the feeling E8 will be like ESB. Probably a battle (hoth), the training of Rey (Dagobah), and new localization(Bespin/Dubrovnik) to center the political story, with some space philosophical moments with kylo, snoke and the force…
    I’m ok.

  • April 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    That has got to be the best theory I have heard so far. Thanks for posting that.

    • April 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Right?! And sure no problem

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