The Office of Public Works is to prioritise repairing storm damage to a wall at the world heritage site Sceilg Mhichíl so that tourist landings on the island will not be affected, it has said. 

Around six metres of a wall along a path from the pier to the famous South Steps on the island off the Kerry coast has been damaged, with part of the wall washed into the sea.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a protected National Monument, and visitor numbers to the island are strictly limited to protect the vulnerable ecosystem there.

Pictures show a section of the wall along the Lighthouse Road - from the pier to the steps leading to monastic site - has collapsed into the sea, with the blockwork on either side cracked and damaged.

Twice over the past two years, the crew of the Star Wars movie franchise has filmed on the island.

Around 12,000 people visited the island last year, but the success of the two Star Wars movies is expected to attract many more tourists and movie fans to Kerry. 

The Office of Public Works says the island will be unsafe for tourist landings until the damage is repaired.

It is hoping to land a crew on the island to assess the damage to the wall in the coming days.