Pray the Force be with you, says
by Linda McGrory
A PRIEST has heaped blessings on the Star Wars crew
who are filming near his church in Malin Head.
Fr Charlie Logue said he hoped the Force will be
with the huge entourage of actors, cinematographers,
production staff and runners as they film scenes
close to the aptly-named Star of the Sea chapel.
Speculation about what scenes will be shot at
Ireland’s most northerly point reached fever pitch
this morning as Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, and
other cast members including Daisy Ridley and Adam
Driver were spotted arriving at Belfast
Clonmany-born Fr Charlie Logue is
delighted Star Wars is shining a spotlight on Malin
Meanwhile, the 64-year
old Donegal curate said the Star Wars crew and their
fans would be welcome to join his 300-strong
congregation at mass this Sunday to pray for a
successful film shoot.
“I don’t know whether they’re our Force or not but
they will certainly be made very, very welcome,” he
"There is a great buzz about 'the Head' and the
people are in great form.
"This film is bringing the attention of the world to
a place of outstanding natural beauty with very
friendly people," said Fr Logue, who is
president of Urris GAA club.
"Malin Head is also a place that has suffered a lot
with emigration and unemployment and this film
production is genuinely helping things.
"As far as I know they have employed a lot of local
people for all different kinds of work and it's been
great for the businesses, the hotels and the B&Bs –
it’s very positive," he added.
Meanwhile, the resident cleric said some of the
local faithful have undoubtedly been praying for
good weather as the production crew has been blessed
with unseasonably warm, sunny conditions all week.
"It's a win-win situation. Their success is our
success and I hope that they come back for an even
bigger production some time in the future. Our door
is always open," he added.
Meanwhile, Donegal County Council has closed off a
looped road to a local headland until Sunday to
allow uninterrupted filming between 8am and 9pm.