Prior to the arrival of the legendary Jedi, Luke Skywalker in Inishowen, JJ Mc Gettigan a Stormtrooper (TK) with the Emerald Garrison, was on hand to guard the perimeter around Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. You can see below how visitors and locals joined in on the fun and posed with him at Farrens Bar in Malin Head, next to the now infamous Yoda Mural.
— Farren's Bar (@FarrensBar) May 12, 2016
At the time JJ, recalls the “buzz in the area as he made his way around Malin Head”, stating that he was “asked to stop into the local primary school and retirement home as everyone wanted to get pictures taken with him”. JJ was also interviewed and photographed by broadcasters UTV, the BBC and a number of Radio Stations, who were eager to report on the Stormtrooper stationed at Malin Head.
Feeling “The Force” At Malin Head, Inishowen
A huge fan of Star Wars, JJ, joined the Emerald Garrison in 2010 and since then has been a leading force in representing County Donegal with the Garrison. His patrols extend beyond the perimeters of the Inishowen Peninsula to another scenic headland called Fanad Head in Co. Donegal, see below.
Aside from his duties as a Stormtrooper patrolling the rugged Inishowen coastline, JJ also creates artistic representations in sand. You can see great footage of him below using just a rope, stick & a rake to accurately etch the design of the Imperial cog at Ballymastocker Beach in Portsalon.
When asked how he felt about Star Wars being filmed at an undisclosed location in Inishowen, JJ replied;
The Force In Inishowen
Its amazing that a film (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) that will break every Box-office record during its worldwide release will have my backyard on the cinema screen, its just amazing…”