Road renamed ‘R 2D2’ in Ireland

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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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