The island of Cape Clear is getting a new ferry service with the Naomh Ciarán II.

Until now the connection with the mainland has been provided by the Naomh Ciarán, which is limited by the number of passengers and cargo it can carry.

As with other islands around the Irish coast, the biggest problem faced by the people of Cape Clear off County Cork is transport. Their only connection with the mainland is by water.

Added to this, bad weather often means that the boat can't leave Baltimore on the mainland because of the small harbour on the island of Cape Clear. The Naomh Ciarán could only carry 32 passengers which often resulted in people being left behind. 

Cape Clear resident Liam Ó Rochain speaks to RTÉ News the need for a new ferry to fulfil the growing demand for travel to and from the island.

The new ferry, the Naomh Ciarán II was built in Killybegs at a cost of £300,000 and paid for by the Department of the Gaeltacht. The ferry service will be managed and run by the island's residents. 

Naomh Ciarán II is looked on by the islanders as a link necessary for survival. 

This ferry can carry 97 passengers providing a much-needed boost to tourism for the island. There is also increased capacity for cargo. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 July 1982.