In Pictures: Star Wars fans bring the Force to Ireland

Star Wars fans caused a stir as they flocked to the first ever May The Fourth Festival in Ireland.

Enthusiasts dressed as Darth Vader and Chewbacca travelled to a rocky outcrop in the Atlantic which starred in the last two films (Brian Lawless/PA)
Skellig Michael, a sheer-sided island 12 miles off the south west of Co Kerry, was the location for famed scenes where Luke Skywalker meets Rey (Brian Lawless/PA)
The World Heritage Site was inhabited by monks from around the sixth century for around 500 years (Brian Lawless/PA)
Now fans are drawn to visit locations where The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were filmed (Brian Lawless/PA)
Unable to land on the outcrop as it is only accessible to the public from later in May until September, costumed fans posed for pictures in the shadow of Skellig (Brian Lawless/PA)
Jamie Kenny, 24, of Drogheda, Co Louth, dressed as his childhood favourite character of a shadowtrooper (Brian Lawless/PA)
A spokeswoman for Failte Ireland said: 'We wanted to give fans the chance to experience it for themselves and what better way to start with than on May the 4th' (Brian Lawless/PA)
The three-day festival will feature screenings of the films and a ceilidh featuring Irish dancers in Star Wars costumes (Brian Lawless/PA)
There will also be the chance for fans to follow in the footsteps of star Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) in a Guinness pint-pulling challenge (Brian Lawless/PA)
'May the force be with you' (Brian Lawless/PA)
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