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Will Star Wars tourism mess up Ireland?

Time takes a look at the impact of film crews working on the next Star Wars movie around Ireland. It seems moving 300 or so crew into a village like Dingle in southwestern Ireland can cause a bit of a disturbance in the force if you happen to be on a once in a lifetime trip looking for a place to stay.

Tourism in Ireland is up 17 percent over last year, according to Irish government estimates. That means Ireland is more crowded and there's more competition for rooms which means most people are paying more.

It's a trend that could last for several years as the newest installment of the movie is expected to pick up where The Force Awakens left off -- with Luke and Rey meeting on what is Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula. Filming has also taken place in County Donegal in the far northern reaches of the Republic.

The good news for travelers who are crowd averse is that the film crews will eventually depart. They will be replaced by more tourists in the years to come, eager to take in something they saw in one of the films. And it's hard to blame them. Ireland, at just about any time of year, is spectacular.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›