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We were all dragged to various Irish beaches as a child, and most likely didn't appreciate them for how beautiful they were at the time.

From the beaches of Wexford like Curracloe and Rosslare to the Wild Atlantic Way's gems along the Dingle peninsula and Sligo; we've got some absolute beauties in the Emerald Isle.

Apparently, everyone else in the world agrees with this statement. A travel media company which specialises in travel guides for adventurers, Big 7, has named a County Mayo beach as number 11 in the world.

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Keem Bay in Mayo has earned the 11th spot in their list of the global 50 best beaches, and we're fairly chuffed with ourselves.

First Skellig Michael appears in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and now the beaches around Achill Island are reppin'? We're certainly punching above our weight.

Writing in the guide, they state: 

"Keem Bay is a breathtaking rural and sheltered beach surrounded by cliffs on Ireland's largest island – Achill Island. Its gleaming white sand rivals tropical islands and the water is superbly clear."

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They add: "The sun might not always be shining, but when it does it’s world-class. And yes, it’s beautiful even on a rainy day." Dead right.

The beach is cradled by the rolling green hills of Benmore and Croaghaun mountain on three sides and opens out onto clear blue waters. It's brilliant if you want an escape from urban life.

We were narrowly beaten from entering the top 10 by famed Pig Beach in the Bahamas. Zlanti rat (Golden Horn Beach) in Brac, Croatia, snagged the number one spot.

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Glass Beach in California, black sand beaches of Reynisfjara Beach in Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland, the unpolluted Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos and dunes of Whitehaven Beach in Whitsunday Islands, Australia, were also included.

Praia do Camilo in Lagos, Portugal, with its orange cliffs and golden sandy beaches, also landed in the top 10. The beaches are all otherworldly and stunning in their own right, so we're considering ourselves lucky to have even made the top 50.

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Tributes have been pouring in from fans and celebrities alike after actor Peter Mayhew passed away aged 74.

The star is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars film franchise, with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and George Lucas all releasing emotional statements.

The actor's Twitter page posted a message confirming the heartbreaking news yesterday afternoon:

It reads: “The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.”

Mayhew was over seven feet tall, making him perfect for the role of the charming Wookiee in the original George Lucas film in 1997. 

He reprised the role in The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, before passing the mantle on to Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewie in Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Last Jedi and the forthcoming The Rise of Skywalker.


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Harrison Ford gave a moving statement to Variety, calling the actor "a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character".

“These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca," he said. "We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience.

“Chewbacca was an important part of the success of the films we made together. He knew how important the fans of the franchise were to it’s continued success and he was devoted to them," he continued.


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Star Wars creator and founder of Lucasfilm Goerge Lucas also commented on the loss;

"Peter was a wonderful man. He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature … and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I’m saddened by his passing.”

Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, also paid his respects, calling Mayhew a "big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile."

Mayhew leaves behind the legacy of the Peter Mayhew Foundation, which provides aid for families in crisis.

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Tributes have been pouring in as yesterday marked Carrie Fisher’s one year anniversary. The actress suddenly passed away on December 27, 2016, following a heart attack.

On the one year anniversary of her death, Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd honoured her late-mum in a touching tribute on Instagram.

Along with her dad, Brian Lourd and his husband Bruce Bozzi, Billie embarked on an emotional trip to see the Northern Lights, which was something her mum loved to do.


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Billie shared, “Momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her.”

“We journeyed to northern Norway to see if we might “see the heavens lift up her dark skirts and flash her dazzling privates across [our] unworthy irises”. And she did,” she wrote

Billie ended the touching post by writing, “I love you times infinity.”

The actress tragically lost her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, one day after her mum’s sudden death, but despite her heartache, Billie has remained strong.


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Shortly after her mum and grandmother’s deaths, Billie shared an inspiring nugget of wisdom from her mum, alongside an old photo of the pair.

She wrote, “If my life weren't funny then it would just be true and that is unacceptable- Carrie Fisher.”

The American Horror Story star added, “Finding the funny might take a while but I learned from the best and her voice will forever be in my head and in my heart.”


A galaxy far, far away is about get a lot closer to home, because Disney have just revealed plans that are sure to excite your inner Star Wars nerd.  

That's right, there's a Star Wars– themed Disneyland project in the pipeline and fans are freaking out.

At D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Chairman, Bob Chapek, showed a detailed model of the 14-acre park known as 'Galaxy's Edge', that is currently being built at Disneyland's Hollywood Studios.

The parks look set to have a number of interactive areas which will allow guests to get up close and personal with starships, droids and of course, all the weird and wonderful Star Wars creatures.

"All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be," Chapek said in a press release.

The park, which looks set to open in 2019, will have two main attractions – one will allow revellers to pilot the Millennium Falcon while another will see guests put into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

And if Disney's other parks are anything to go by, we're guessing there'll be a huge variety of Star Wars-themed restaurants with dishes just waiting to be Instagrammed.

That's summer 2019 sorted anyway!



Would you be down with Harry Styles taking on the role of a young Han Solo? Because we totally would.

Reports today are suggesting that Harry was considered for the role of Han, but it was ultimately given to Alden Ehrenreich.

However, Disney execs are not ruling out the former 1D star for future Star Wars characters.

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An insider told The Sun: "Harry was one of the early names in contention when the studio looked at Han Solo.

"Even though he had virtually no acting experience, they saw he had huge star potential and would give the solo project enormous publicity.

"On initial inquiries Harry had his music career laid out and it would have been almost impossible to lock him down for the job."

However, there has been talks at Disney about having him come in again for other projects they are considering.

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"The rumoured Obi Wan stand-alone movie may not star Harry in the lead role but could see him play a smaller part," the source added.

"Everyone had nothing but praise for him in Dunkirk, and he and manager Jeff Azoff are carefully picking out what movie role he should take next."

Harry is set to make his movie debut with the release of Dunkirk on July 21, and we can't wait to see what he has to offer.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!



Carrie Fisher, best know for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, has died at the age of 60.

Just days ago, she suffered a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

A family statement issued this evening on behalf of Ms Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed that the star had died this morning, Tuesday. 

"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8.55 this morning.

"She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."

As well as starring in other hits such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, Fisher also wrote four novels.

She was just 19 when she shot to fame via Star Wars. As the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Carrie spent a lifetime in the spotlight. 

When she was just two, her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor – also her mother's close friend. 

In an autobiography published earlier this year, Carrie claimed for the first time that she had a three-month long affair with a married Harrison Ford during the filming of Star Wars.

On December 23 Ms Fisher suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to LA. 

It was later reported that she had stopped breathing and that a fellow passenger had to perform CPR on her.

She has spent the last few days in intensive care at the UCLA Medical Center.


Carrie Fisher is still fighting for her life today, as fans pay tribute to the Star Wars actress on social media.

Carrie is currently in hospital in Hollywood after she suffered a heart attack on Friday. She was in an airplane at the time, flying from London to LA.

Harrison Ford is said to be "shocked and saddened" by her condition. However, she has the whole world on her side as movie fans and major celebrities alike are pouring in the tributes on social media.


The Fall exploded back onto our screen this week, and while we won't give away any spoilers, we will say that it made our hearts pound throughout.

But now, one of its main characters is set to make her way to the shining lights of Hollywood.

Yep, Valene Kane who plays Rose in the hit series is moving from our TV screens to our cinema screens as she's landed a huge role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The new film is based a few years after Revenge of the Sith, and Valene can't believe she's now a star in the franchise.

"I grew up watching Star Wars and I didn't believe it was happening until I was filming in Iceland.

"It has a really edgy, independent vibe," she told Belfast Live.

The Northern-Irish actress wil take on the role of Lyra Esro, who is Jyn Esro's protagonist mother.

We can't wait to see her in action!



When Star Wars decided to return, it came back with a bang.

After The Force Awakens came out last year, fans have been waiting eagerly for the next instalment, Rouge One.

But, with the latest Disney news, we think they might be going a step too far.

Now, don't get us wrong, the new movie's special effects were out of this world, but it's now been confirmed that the film will be hitting us until "2021 and beyond."

So, basically, nearly every single year for the next five years, we'll be seeing some Jedis pop up on our movie screens.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed his plans to Comic Book Movie, saying: "I had a meeting yesterday with Kathy Kennedy [producer] and we mapped out – well, we reviewed – the Star Wars plans that we have until 2020.

"We have movies in development for Star Wars until then, and we started talking about what we're going to do in 2021 and beyond."

With Rogue One due out next year, an untitled Han Solo film due in 2018 and Star Wars: Episode IX coming in 2019, we're going to be filled to the brim with light sabers for a while.



A subsidiary company of Disney has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges after Harrison Ford broke his leg while filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While filming the movie in 2014, the actor was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon at the Pinewood Studios in the UK.

Harrison had to be air-lifted to hospital and underwent surgery on his leg, after the prop, that supposedly weighs as much as a small car, trapped him.

Filming on the set of Star Wars had to be postponed for three weeks due to the incident.

According to the BBC, the UK's HSE tired to incriminate the production company with four criminal charges, but Production Ltd only pleaded guilty to two Heath & Safety charges at Aylesbury Crown Court today.

Sentencing will take place on August 22.



Earlier this year, Disney announced that they are adding on to three of their theme-parks; Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyworld but, we didn't expect it to look so ah-mazing.

Star Wars Land is officially in the works and the company just gave us a little glimpse of what it's going to look like.

In a new blog post by Disney Parks, a new image was revealed of the Star Wars galaxy.

"Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings.

"Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will ge the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy."

There's still no opening date for Star Wars Land, but we can only guess it'll take a while to create that much magic.



Throughout the past month, the Star Wars cast and crew have been travelling around Ireland to shoot the eighth instalment of the film.

They have been to a fair few places, including Donegal, Kerry and then ended their trip in Crookhaven, West Cork.

It's a pretty big deal that one of the biggest movie franchises would choose Ireland to record the movie, but something that we never thought we'd see is a thank you note.

LucasFilm took out an ad in the Irish Examiner to thank the people in Cork, and by the looks of it they were pretty impressed by everyone in Crookhaven, Goleen and the Brow Head Peninsula:

They wrote: "We have been captivated by the landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way, it has provided a spectacular backdrop for our story.

"The tireless commitment of our Irish Crew, the enthusiasm and support of all the people of West Cork have made our Irish adventure one we will always treasure.

"Go mbeidh an fórsa leat!! – May the force be with you!!"

HOW LOVELY?! We're dying over here…