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Star Wars executives left some Hollywood dollars behind them on Skellig Michael

The film-makers made a donation to the local lifeboat crew.

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THEY MIGHTN’T HAVE been charged for the use of Skellig Michael, but Star Wars executives did leave some Hollywood dollars behind them.

Valentia Lifeboat have told local newspaper Kerry’s Eye that a “casual chat” with one of their members and a Star Wars crew member has benefited the rescue service to the tune of €10,000.

The lifeboat’s Operational Manager Richard Foran told the paper that after a short conversation with one of the crew members they were called to a meeting with filmmakers.

“They wanted to make a contribution to the local community and we told them how the lifeboat got no state funding, and is totally dependent on donations. They said they wanted to help, and asked for a bank account number,” said Foran told Kerry’s Eye.

The lifeboat volunteer added that they sought no credit for their donation but that the next time he checked the lifeboat’s accounts there was €10,000 in there.

“It’s a lot of diesel for the lifeboat,” Foran said.

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