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Ireland renames county road 'R2D2' in honor of Star Wars

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Thu, April 25, 2019  /  05:07 am
Ireland renames county road 'R2D2' in honor of Star Wars

A Star Wars logo sign is seen atop a popcorn machine inside Rancho Obi-Wan, the world's largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, in Petaluma, California on November 24, 2015. (AFP/Josh Edelson )

It was a name change that was begging to be made… It took just one swap of a number to rename a road in Donegal, Ireland to R2D2.

Ahead of a three-day Star Wars festival set to take place in Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal, local county council members approved the proposal to rechristen the R242 road that runs through the Inishowen peninsula to R2D2, in honour of the famous Star Wars droid, reported The Irish Times.

The official signage is expected to draw Star Wars fans and tourists looking for the perfect Instagram snap.

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Ireland’s wild and rugged landscape has served as the setting for several Star Wars films. Filming locations include the Wild Atlantic Way, a tourism trail that follows the country’s coastline for 2,500 km, and the rocky island of Skellig Michael.

Meanwhile, Inishowen’s Star Wars festival kicks off May 3 as part of “May the Fourth Be With You” when Star Wars fans around the world celebrate the franchise.

Tourism Ireland launched their inaugural “May the Fourth Be With You” festival in different parts of the country last year.