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Donegal, Ireland, Renames Road ‘R 2D2’ in Honor of ‘Star Wars’

by Eben Diskin Apr 22, 2019

This road’s name change might confuse your GPS, but Star Wars fans definitely won’t mind. The road formerly known as R 242, running through the Inishowen Peninsula near Malin Head in County Donegal, Ireland, has been renamed R 2D2 to honor the beloved Star Wars character. The name change was intended to temporarily mark the filming location for scenes from The Last Jedi, but the county council approved a permanent change.

Jack Murray, a local councillor who also works with tourism organisation Explore Inishowen, explains to The Irish Times that the county is hopeful the sign will attract visitors for a fun photo opp.

The signage change arrives just in time before Malin Head/Inishowen, as well as Portmagee and Ballifferiter in county Kerry, host the May the 4th be with you festival, scheduled for May 3-5. According to the festival’s website, visitors should “prepare to get intergalactic along this cosmic coastline; gaze deep into the night at galaxies far, far away; enjoy exclusive screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi against the backdrop of actual film locations; catch behind-the-scenes exhibitions; visit beehive huts; enjoy tours, tastings and even train in the ways of the Jedi.”

H/T: Lonely Planet

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