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

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 in Donegal included Yoda Yoga on Port Ronan Beach, star gazing at the Planetarium and a spectacular orchestra performance and fireworks display.
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.”
Speaking about the addition of Donegal as a location for this year’s festival, Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh said:
“The creation of the Wild Atlantic Way was a huge benefit for Donegal and it continues to grow and I believe it’s one of the reasons that the backdrop of Malin Head on the tip of the Inishowen Peninsula was such a draw for the makers of Star Wars. The ‘May the 4th Be with You’ festival is a fantastic addition to the events across Donegal in the summer months and after this year’s success, I am sure we will see fans flock to the area for a first-hand look at what it was like to film some of the most stunning Star Wars scenes.”
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.”
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.
For more information, please visit: www.wildatlanticway.com/may-the-4th

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