An entire village in Kerry has renamed itself after a creature from the new Star Wars movie 5 years ago

An entire village in Kerry has renamed itself after a creature from the new Star Wars movie

The reasons behind it are actually pretty cool.

Porgs, in case you didn't know, are a new creature that will appear in The Last Jedi.


Apparently, while filming in the South West of Ireland, director Rian Johnson became quite enamoured with the puffins in the area, and a local designer came up with a creature design that incorporates a lot of influence from puffins, as well as a few other creatures.

Luke Skywalker's hideaway planet of Ahch-To, which we first caught a glimpse of at the end of The Force Awakens, will feature heavily in The Last Jedi, as it will be the training ground where Luke passes on his knowledge of the Force to Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Skellig Michael was chosen as the landscape on which Ahch-To was to be created, and with the Kerry village of Portmagee pretty much the closest place to the islands, it was selected as the base of operations while the production took place there.

Hence, in the lead up to the release of The Last Jedi, the village of Portmagee have happily renamed themselves... Porgmagee.


The locals are incredibly proud that the Disney / Lucasfilm / Star Wars family descended upon their part of the world to film such an important part of the series' story.

The Moorings Guesthouse in Portmagee Porgmagee was used as the production office, with every staff member having nothing but incredibly positive things to say about Daisy Ridley, Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill (in fact, The Moorings is where Hamill pulled that infamous pint of Guinness).

In the lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 14, pretty much the entire county of Kerry will be in a very celebratory mood!


Also, expect teddy-versions of Porgs to be THE MUST BUY for any young family member this Christmas.

Actually, scratch that, not just young family members.

Every family member.