Ireland: Star Wars - Episodes VII and VIIIThe Moorings Portmagee: Pull a Pint like a Jedi
This story starts in April 2014. Portmagee residents and guesthouse owners Patricia and Gerard Kennedy had a visit from a man called Edmund who said he wanted to scout the island of Skellig Michael and its coastal surroundings for a documentary on puffins. Three months later it turned out that the visit was not in aid of filming cute seabirds... but the galaxy's most famous Jedi Master.
For three days in August 2014, the crew of The Force Awakens set up base in the upstairs lounge of The Moorings. After filming was finished, cast and crew had their wrap party in the restaurant's Bridge Bar. In September 2015, Star Wars was back, with various scenes shot on Skellig Michael for The Last Jedi. Again, the wrap party was held in the Bridge Bar, including a fairly confident Jedi who took on the challenge of pulling a pint of Guinness.
Patricia and Gerard quickly realised the promotional power of Mark's pint pulling stint and have since created a two night Star Wars package which includes the pint pulling challenge and a special t-shirt.
In 1988, Patricia and Gerard Kenney took over what was known as the Bridges Bar and six years later added The Moorings restaurant which has become renowned for its seafood. Additional rooms were added over the following years and it now offers four stylish seaview mini suites complete with jacuzzi baths and 12 spacious rooms. While Patricia manages the finances, Gerard looks after the guests (but they both do a great job at that).
Stefan stayed one night at The Moorings in November 2017.
Of course, I had to start off my visit with the Guinness pint pulling challenge. Gerard did a test run for me which was nice of him. And I can tell you - getting it right is a lot harder than you think. There is a real art to it.
And what goes down particularly well with a Guinness? Seafood, of course. Luckily, Gerard and his team serve the best seafood in the region. What can I say, it was fabulous. As good as the seafood in my home town of Dunedin, NZ.