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Celebrating 40 Years Of Star Wars

Celebrating 40 Years Of Star Wars

Celebrating 40 Years Of Star Wars
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Star Wars celebrates its fortieth year of awesomeness this month having graced our screens on the 25th of May 1977. Unsurprisingly, this visual masterpiece, grew to be a huge success smashing previous box office sales held by Jaws.

Star Wars: A Last Hope

Star Wars: A Last Hope ~ Image: LucasFilm.com

When Star Wars Fever was in its height in the summer of 1977,  this out of the world feature was screened in 1,098 theaters across the United States, a smashing figure for film in that era. Critical acclaim followed with endorsements from publications globally, Time Magazine described Star Wars as “The Movie Of The Year”.

Although much debate surrounds the title of the first installment of the Star Wars Saga, in the original May 1977 release, see below, the opening crawl did not feature an episode number or the subtitle “A New Hope.” Additions to the title would be included in 1981 with its theatrical re-release. To this day, Star Wars: A New Hope has made an impressive $775 million worldwide.

A New Chapter In The Star Wars Saga

Fast forward forty years and the Star Wars Saga has amassed a league of devoted followers from those that fell in love with the first trilogy, to a new generation of fans that connect with characters; Rey, Poe, Finn and the adorable BB-8. Fans from the original trilogy wont miss out as the narrative incorporates infamous characters; Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and many more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, see below.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens ~ Image: StarWars.com

Celebrating 40 Years Of A Galaxy Far Far Away…

Fans around the world marked the anniversary by sharing images of their favourite scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope, beloved collectibles and memories of first watching this epic saga.


Star Wars Celebration in Orlando Florida paid tribute to this epic birthday with surprise guests, behind the scenes footage and a teaser trailer release for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Photography Malin Head Star Wars The Last Jedi Vanity Fair Rey & Chebacca Pilot Millenium Falcon Exploring AhchTo

Ireland’s Coast Stars As Planet AhchTo – Stills from The Last Jedi. Image: Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair BTS Photo Shoot

Ahch-To: A Star Wars Story

The rumor mill been going wild about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, following the release of behind the scenes footage issued in Vanity Fair, see above. Its exciting that stills have highlighted even more views of the Planet Ahch-To.

Millenium Falcon Source httpaminoapps.com

Rey and Chewbacca on approach to Ahch-To ~ Image: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Ahch-To

Following the Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker disappeared and was rumored to be in search of the first Jedi Temple. We learn in Star Wars:The Force Awakens that Luke has inhabited a planet called Ahch-To. In a scene in the fastest ship in the Galaxy, The Millenium Falcon, Finn asks Han Solo what had happened to this legendary Jedi:

“Do you know what happened to him?” -Finn
“There’re a lot of rumors. Stories. The people who knew him the best think he went looking for the first Jedi temple.” – Han Solo

We receive the first glimpse of this water based planet in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey, Chewbacca and R2D2 set off in the Millennium Falcon in search of Luke. Ahch-To appears as an isolated water planet dotted with rocky Islands, comprised of trees and wildlife.

Star Wars Film Locations In Ireland

The stunning Irish coastline is brought to life on the big screen with scenes shot along the Wild Atlantic Way in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Scenes were filmed at the breathtaking Island of Skellig Michael,  Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. Loop Head, Co. Clare and Ireland’s Most Northerly Point; Malin Head, a peninsula surrounded by a rugged coastline, see below.

Near Edge View from Malin Head, Inishowen Star Wars

Views of the Ahch-To coastline in Inishowen Co. Donegal

Connect with the Star Wars Universe in Ireland by following our rugged coastline where you can retrace the steps of legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker and new heroine Rey. 

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