Chewbacca and Griffin join forces for launch

Joined by Star Wars hero Chewbacca at the festival launch were Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin with Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals, Fáilte Ireland

FOLLOWING the success of Fáilte Ireland’s first May the 4th Be With You festival last summer, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, today announced that it will take place again this year, with event lined up in both Kerry and Donegal and linked via the Atlantic Way.

Kicking off on May the 3rd in the Kerry village of Portmagee and for the first time, across Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula,

The three-day festival, which runs from May 3-5, will include a host of fun activities for all-ages in Portmagee and Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula to celebrate the day fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars legend.

Announcing this year’s ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin said: “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.”
The events in Kerry will feature a geodesic space marquee, where fans can immerse themselves in a galaxy far far away with interactive activities, from panel discussions to video game competitions.

Also joining the programme this year will be a display of Star Wars themed sand sculptures, an augmented reality treasure trail and an epic lightsabre battle.

Filming for Star Wars films took place in locations across Kerry, Cork, Clare and Donegal. A full programme of events will be unveiled shortly on

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