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20 Mar 2018

May the Thanks be with you! Minister Brendan Griffin visits Lucasfilm studios in San Francisco

Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin was in California earlier this week, as part of the "Promote Ireland" programme around St Patrick's Day. His busy schedule included a meeting with Lucasfilm executives in San Francisco, when he thanked them for filming the two most recent Star Wars films in Ireland. Tourism Ireland also arranged for Minister Griffin to meet with leading travel trade, travel media and airline contacts, during his time in California.

"I was delighted to visit the Lucasfilm studios and to have the opportunity to personally thank the executives there for working with us on the two most recent Star Wars films”, said Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin. “I wanted to assure them of a very warm welcome, should they ever decide to return to Ireland, and, of course, that every effort will be made to facilitate them.

“I am extremely grateful to Lucasfilm – particularly for their tremendous generosity in agreeing to make several wonderful behind-the-scenes films for Tourism Ireland, around episodes VII and VIII. Those films have been seen by millions of people around the world – whetting peoples' appetites to come and visit Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland."
  Barbara Gamlen, Lucasfilm; Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin; Alison Fisker, Lucasfilm; Siobhan McManamy, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Markets; and Robert O’Driscoll, Consul General of Ireland to Western USA, in the Lucasfilm studios in San Francisco.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.65 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.3 million visitors in 2017.