A road in Malin Head has been renamed the R2D2 in tribute to one of Star Wars’ most famous characters.
The R242 road in Inishowen has officially been renamed the ‘R2D2’ in honour of the legendary Star Wars droid at a celebration in Farren’s Bar on Monday.
The initiative, which was proposed by Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray, is one of the numerous events which will mark the filming of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in the peninsula.
Commenting after the launch, Cllr Murray said: “I am delighted that permanent road signage has now been erected along the ‘R2D2’ road and I hope that this novel change will encourage more visitors to the area.
“Star Wars is one of the biggest film franchises of all time with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide.”
Murray continued: “Many of these enthusiasts travel the world to visit filming locations from iconic scenes.
“We’ve seen what Game of Thrones has done for the Causeway Coast so there’s no reason that we can’t do the same here in Inishowen.
“I want to particularly commend Donegal County Council roads staff for acting so swiftly in securing these signs and thank my fellow councillors for supporting the proposal.
“With the upcoming May the Fourth be With You festival coming to Malin Head in the coming weeks, I hope that we will continue to expand our tourism product and encourage more people to visit this spectacularly beautiful part of Ireland.”Tags: