Pollution on picturesque Coumeenoole Beach in County Kerry, a location in the film 'Ryan's Daughter'.

On the night of 11 March 1982, a cargo ship, the Ranga, on its maiden voyage from Spain to Iceland was wrecked right beside Coumeenoole Beach. The ship was carrying an estimated 90,000 gallons of crude oil, most of which is still on board.  However, a certain amount of oil has leaked polluting the nearby beach and rocks. 

Many of the most beautiful scenes from the film Ryan's Daughter were made here on Coumeenoole Beach but sadly the beach isn't looking nearly as well as it did when the film was made here some years ago.

Mary Dinan reports from Coumeenoole Beach sporting the parasol used by Rosie in the film Ryan's Daughter. The parasol now belongs to writer Barbara Joyce who has lived in Dingle for the last nine years. She has set up a campaign in an attempt to protect Coumeenoole Beach from any further oil pollution. 

Barbara Joyce explains her reasons for getting involved in trying to save the beach from pollution, which she sees as just a small part of the bigger picture of pollution throughout the world.  

They reckon over half a million different wastes every year go into the sea, and we need the sea. The sea can do without us but we need it.

Over 1,500 signatures have been collected in a petition demanding action to prevent further pollution. Signatories included David Attenborough and Peter Scott, which helped to highlight the issue.  

The fear is that as winter approaches, the wreck is likely to break up resulting in further pollution for the beach and wildlife.

In places, the oil is so thick that it comes off in a sticky black layer when you run your fingers along the rock face.

This report also includes footage of a worse oil spill that happened on the south coast of England some years earlier.

This episode of 'Youngline' was broadcast on 12 October 1982. The reporter is Mary Dinan. 

Youngline was a once weekly, half-hour magazine show for younger viewers. The first programme was broadcast on Tuesday, 23 November 1976  from 5.30 to 6.00pm. Youngline continued until May 1984.