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The people of Kerry are getting a special screening of the new Star Wars as a "thank you"

The film shot key scenes in the county.

KERRY IS TO host a special screening of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens as a “thank you” from the film’s producers.

Disney Ireland and Lucasfilm will screen the seventh instalment in the sci-fi series at lunchtime on 17 December at Killarney Cineplex.

The film shot key scenes at Sceilg Mhicíl and Trish Long of Disney Ireland says the screening is designed to show gratitude for the help of the locals.

“We are delighted to gift the first screening of this movie in the area, as a thank you for all the help and cooperation received during the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Arts Minister Heather Humphries said the filming will boost the area’s profile worldwide.

“[The film] will help to showcase the unique natural and built heritage of Sceilg Mhichíl and it will bring images of this beautiful region of South Kerry to an unrivalled global audience.”

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