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Lightsabers at the ready! It’s time to dive into the Wild Atlantic Way at its most galactic with Fáilte Ireland’s four day ‘May the 4th Be With You’ festival. Kicking off on Saturday May the 1st  and ending on Tuesday May the 4th, the day when fans across the globe commemorate the Star Wars Universe.​

This year the festival will bring fans together online to celebrate the galaxy far, far away with a host of fun events for all-ages taking place online.  Join us and watch 100 of the best fan made films  in the world.  Chat to the directors.  Watch some of our pre recorded interviews with stars from the Star War universe.  Learn how to make a storm trooper costume.  Join us for the ultimate Star Wars Quiz.  Meet the 501st Ireland Garrison and other Garrisons from around the world and find out how you can become a member too and build your own costume.  We'll have loads of special guest joining us online and well be running competitions every day so don’t forget to visit the site everyday,

 

When we can all holiday again, why not take a look  at some of the wonderful places you can visit in county Kerry, the home of Star Wars in Ireland.

We just cant wait to see you. 

Star Wars

The Irish Connection

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Online Events

Check out the many online events you can join at the festival 

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Star Wars Online Quiz

Join Paul Redmond for the ultimate Star Wars Quiz

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Fan Films

Watch over 100 Star Wars fan films and documentary's

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Star Wars Marketplace

Browse our market from 100s of collectable Star Wars toys 

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Costume Building

Learn how to make screen accurate Star Wars Costumes

Visit The Skellig Coast

The home of Star Wars in Ireland, check out these beautiful locations

Competitions

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Wins 2 nights B&B in the Fantastic Moorings Guest House in Portmagee.  Join our online Star Wars quiz to be in with a chance to win.

2 Nights B&B In

The Moorings

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We have a fantastic selection of Skelligs Chocolate Hampers for our kids art competition

Click below for more details

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Chocolates

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We have a weekend for 2 to give away with our adults cosplay competition.  Check below for the full details

2 Nighs B&B In

The Royal Valentia Hotel

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Special Guests

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Check out our interview with comic book artist Wayne Talbot from Rogue Comics Ireland and find out what he's up to next.

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Join us online to chat to Damien Valentine aka Darth Angelus about his animated series Heir of the Empire                                                                                                       

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We're going to get a chance to chat to Julie Dolan.  She's voiced Princess Leia for various Star wars projects including Rebels

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Meet Dr John Donaldson who lectures Star Wars Phillosphy at Glasgow University.  Check out his webinar at our festival this year.

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We'll get to chat to comic book artist Nick Brokenshire who's worked on Star Wars Adventures.  He;s also done work on 2000AD, Judge Dredd & Robotech

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Irish Film Maker Michael Fitzgerald chats to us online about his brand new short film which will be released soon, Stormtroopers 3                                                                   

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Andreas first job was a Jawa in An New Hope.  How cool is that, join us online to hear more from Andrea about her experience on set   

           

Andrea Wickman Miller

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We got to chat with one of the worlds best freelance illustrators. The guys is an absolute legend.  Join us for to hear what he has to say about the industry.

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Meet Jesper Tønnes online where he will give us exclusive access to a clip from his new Fan Film The Lost Padawan 2.

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Meet the stormtrooper repsonsible for placing Captain Solo in place in the Carbonite Chamber.  Alan will be joining us to chat about his time on The Empire Stikes Back.

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Meet Marsha Parkins.  Official Star Wars Sketch Card artist,
Official Marvel, Mars Attacks, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and AMC's The Walking Dead Sketch Card Artist.

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Meet Gerard Kennedy.  The owner of The Moorings in Portmagee and the man that looked after Mark Hamill while he stayed there during shooting of The Last Jedi

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Special Guests

Blues Harvest

In Concert

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Costuming Fan Clubs

The 501st, Rebel Legion, Galactic Academy and Reels Icons are an all-volunteer, non-profit international costuming club whos aims are to raise money for charities, to support community events and promote the franchise through appearances their members make in costumes that represent all eras of the Star Wars Saga.

The 501st Legion was formed in August 1997 by Albin Johnson and Tom Crews and now has over 13,000 active members worldwide, with over 26,000 approved costumes.


501st Legion’s member’s research, build, craft and make their own costumes, in their own time and expense to appear at events.

Members are encouraged to strive for the highest level of screen accuracy and realism in order to bring the characters of the Star Wars universe to life.


As such it would be easy to mistake the 501st Legion as a cosplay group but really they are a ‘costuming’ club; where accuracy and dedication to making the most authentic costumes is as important to our members as raising money for the charities we support.  As well as attending larger national and international events, our key objectives is also to give something back to the communities we live in through charity fundraising at the events we attend – large or small.

Virtual Troop

The 501st, Rebel Legion and Reel Icons will be hosting an online troop on Sunday May the 2nd at 3pm.  All children along with their parents are welcome to join us online to meet their favourite characters.  If its your birthday or if you have something special coming up let us know by filling in our virtual troop form and we will wish you a happy birthday or give you a special greeting.  Just click the button below to fill in the form 

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The Paul Shipper Interview

Paul Shipper is a freelance illustrator who has worked with the best, Disney, Lucas Film, Marvel, Warner Bros. to name but a few.  Check out our interview with Paul on May the 4th at 2pm GMT.