Connecting island life with the West Cork mainland.

Officially opened in 1969 by An Taoiseach Jack Lynch, the Dursey Island cable car is still in operation today, connecting Dursey Island with the West Cork coastline.

This report from 45 years ago looks at the new connection between the island and the mainland, life on the island and the continuing depopulation. The cable car remains the first and only cable car in Ireland. Reporter Michael Ryan speaks to Father Michael Keane about the island and the impact the new cable car will have. Before the cable car Dursey Island was almost completely cut off from the mainland for over a month each year due to treacherous weather conditions. The cable car is described as "the lifeline meant to keep the island alive".

A Newsbeat report by Michael Ryan broadcast on 21 January, 1970.

Dursey Island Cable Car