Skellig Michael to remain closed until 2021

Skellig Michael to remain closed until 2021

SKELLIG MICHAEL is set to remain closed to visitors until the start of next year at the earliest due to coronavirus-related concerns.

The Office for Public Works (OPW) confirmed that the site won't be able to reopen until it is made safe.

The tiny islet off the coast of Co. Kerry rose to international prominence after becoming a film location for the latest Star Wars trilogy.

It has been shut since May 15, and it looks like it could be at least another six months before the tourist attraction reopens.

Heritage commissioner at the OPW John Mc Mahon said: "Having considered all the issues ... Skellig Michael cannot be made safe from Covid-19 for either visitors or staff.

"Regretfully therefore, we have to confirm that the Skellig Michael site will not reopen for the remainder of the 2020 season and we must instead plan for a resumption in 2021, when we will hopefully be able to accommodate visitors at the site again."

It's estimated that around 13,000 people visit the tiny island every year.

Tour boats carrying around 12 visitors at a time sail over to the island during the summer season. These tours end in September however because once summer ends, the sea conditions make it inaccessible.

Famously, there is an Augustinian monastery situated there, which dates back to the 10th century.