The importance of the ferry service from Valentia Island off the coast of county Kerry.

The Valentia ferry service leaves Knightstown on Valentia Island every morning at 8.30 am with passengers and bicycles. 

The passengers must be the last generation of Irish people who have to travel by land and sea to school every day. 

The film shows the ferry carrying about thirty school children and their bicycles to the mainland before they begin their three mile cycle to school in Cahersiveen.

One young man cycles six miles across Valentia to get to the ferry every morning, and if he misses the 8.30 am service, he has to wait until 10 am for the next ferry. The service is weather dependent, which often means that the youngsters are late for school.  

Ferryman Paddy Murphy tells 'Newsbeat' about the service provided.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 3 January 

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971.

'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11 June, 1971.