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My Visit to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The Colverts visiting the Island of Skellig Michael. Behind them, the beehive-shaped huts and chapels that were built by monks out of stones gathered from the island.

Mrs. Danielle Colvert, Principal, Guest Writer

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Since we are in the first week of February, I’m hoping I do not need to include a SPOILER ALERT for anyone who may not have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and still wants to go see it!This past summer, I was blessed to be able to go back to a very special place – for the second time in my life – to the Island of Skellig Michael.   Located about 7 miles off the west coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael is an early Christian monastery that has been almost perfectly preserved for over 1500 years.    The monks who lived on Skellig Michael chose this location because it is so remote and would help them to live a life of simplicity, contemplation and solitude.  They built beehive-shaped huts and chapels out of stones gathered from the island.  The monks survived by drinking water collected after the rain and by eating birds’ eggs and fish harvested as part of their daily routine.

When we told our Irish family members that we were going out to Skellig Michael during our stay in August, they were so excited to share the news that the island was going to be featured in the upcoming Star Wars movie.   I couldn’t wait for the movie to come out in December, mostly because I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan, but also because I was curious how this tiny little island, virtually unknown to most of the world, could fit into the Star Wars universe.   I had to wait until literally the last scene of the movie, when the Millennium Falcon circled Skellig Michael and landed on its shores, to learn the secret.   If only I had known Luke Skywalker was there on the island, I would definitely have hiked to the other side of the ridge!     

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