By Andrea Romano
April 23, 2019
A replica of an R2D2 droid built by Jack Hanna and his father Adrian, from Downpatrick, at the opening of the R2D2 road in Malin Head, County Donegal, Ireland, where scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi were filmed, in tribute to one of the franchise's most famous characters.
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The Force is strong with this particular part of Ireland with a whole lot of love for “Star Wars.”

Road signs that say “R 2D2” will be installed on a road in Ireland ahead of the first annual May the Fourth festival in Inishowen, which will run from May 3–5, Lonely Planet reported. The road, originally named the R 242, is being renamed in honor of the beloved character.

The local tourism organization, which approved the new signs, may possibly make the change permanent in the future.

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Tributes to “Star Wars” have been popular all over the world in recent years. With the release of the latest installment, “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” this year is no different. United Airlines has already announced its own tribute to the new movie with a special aircraft outfitted with “Star Wars”-themed livery.

In previous years, Heathrow airport has pulled some “Star Wars” stunts on May the Fourth, particularly with a themed arrival and departure sign with destinations from the movie on it. And in Ireland, the Spire of Dublin has lit up like a lightsaber in honor of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Beyond a simple tribute, the new R 2D2 road has some special significance for the film. Areas of Malin Head were actually used as filming locations for two installments of the “Star Wars” films, Lonely Planet reported.

Malin Head is part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, which is hosting not only a May the Fourth festival in Inishowen, but also related festivals in the nearby towns of Portmagee and Ballyferriter. Activities during the festivals include stargazing, fireworks, a fun run, and, of course, movie screenings.

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