Skellig Michael set to re-open to the public from Sunday

It was closed following a rockfall on Monday evening

Skellig Michael, Star Wars, Kerry, closed, tourists, re-open, rockfall,

Previously unreleased photo of a view of the Skelligs as seven tonnes of material were airlifted to Skellig Michael for essential renovation works on the UNESCO World Heritage Site | Image: Brian Lawless / PA Archive/Press Association Images

It has been confirmed that Skellig Michael, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, will re-open to visitors on Sunday May 15th.

The island off the Kerry coast was closed earlier this week following a major rockfall on the main visitor access route.

It was hoped that it could open earlier, but the Office of Public Works (OPW) said this was not feasible because of additional work that had to be carried out.

In a statement, the OPW says it "carried out engineering and technical assessments at the Island in vulnerable areas and have concluded that the main risk to visitors from further rockfalls has passed".

"The island is now ready to open to the public". However, the OPW says it will continue to monitor the situation.

While officials warned they may have to close the island at short notice "if an identifiable risk arises".

The OPW adds that assuming there are no further incidents, it expects the site will remain open until the next scheduled closing date of October 2nd.

The island has recently gained global fame after appearing in the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' film.