By Althea Serad ( | First Posted: Jan 11, 2016 06:01 AM EST

Mark Hamill attends the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo : Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Even if I wasn't a "Star Wars" fan, my answer would be a big fat yes. 


According to Mashable, the remote island in the southwest coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael, will be featured prominently in "Star Wars" Episode VIII. This means that the island sanctuary featured at the pivotal scene at the end of "The Force Awakens," where Luke Skywalker and Rey meet for the first time, could be more than just Luke's hideaway.

The amazing rock island - home to a sixth-century monastery's ruins - could be shown in Episode VIII as either during Luke's training with Rey, or via flashbacks of Luke's activities there over the past decades.

When Skellig Michael was seen during "The Force Awakens" premiere in Dublin, the room received a chorus of applause. Ireland now wants the world to recognize the glory of the national treasure, according to Bloomberg.

Ireland has big plans for its tourism industry, and rightly so.

Even if Skellig Michael was only featured a few seconds at the end of the latest instalment of "Star Wars," tourists and fans have turned the tiny remote island into a hotspot.

According to the Tourism Minister of Ireland Paschal Donohoe in a statement to The Journal:

"The fact that Skellig Michael was featured in all its glory brings the dramatic scenery of Co Kerry and the broader Wild Atlantic Way to an audience of potentially hundreds of millions of people."

Tourism Ireland has asked the participation of Lucasfilm to make a short promotional film so they could show the vast jagged rock in all its glory.

In the promo video, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Director J.J. Abrams explains in detail and awe why he chose to shoot in Skellig Michael.

The island sanctuary was home to a monastery ruin built and used by monks between the sixth and eighth centuries, and Abrams said he "can't believe they let us shoot there. I mean, it was so beautiful."

Apparently, his scouts were there to shoot a documentary on puffins.

Right now, fans have been making continuous inquiries with locals in the village of Portmagee as to where and when they can stay. Portmagee hosted the film's crew during shooting.

Less than a month following the release of "The Force Awakens," one can already see the tourism potential of the place.

According to Gerard Kennedy, the person who runs the Moorings guest house and Bridge Bar in Portmagee, he expects a "major increase" due to the film.

"When they come, all they talk about is 'Star Wars,'" he said. "When they come back, all they are talking about is Skellig and the monastery."

However, tourism doesn't come without drawbacks. Skellig Michael is only available for tourism from the months of May to September.

Environmentalists are also claiming that the heritage site could be at risk with the shoot.

It looks like Ireland has considered this possibility, however, since the country has already limited visitors of the island to 15,000 a year for reasons of safety and conservation.

Skellig Michael can be reached via boat trips, and in order to reach the monastery's ruins, it takes 660 steps to the top.

I'm sure that with guidance from The Force, it wasn't too much of an effort for Rey climbing those steps.

To see the stunning island of Skellig Michael in Ireland, check out the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" featurette below.

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