The residents of Dursey Island were left stranded last weekend when the cable car to the mainland suddenly stopped operation.
Only a handful of people now permanently live on Dursey Island, a small island off the Beara Peninsula, West Cork. The island is connected to the mainland by Ireland’s only cable car. The cable car opened in 1969 and now plays a vital role in getting to and from the island.
Residents were angered to learn last Friday evening that Cork County Council, who run the service, had neglected to inform them that the cable car wouldn’t be running again until monday morning. The service was expected to run at least three times a day on weekends during the winter months.
A local man speaking on the radio station C103 said “The man that operates the cable car full time gave notice to Cork County Council that he was taking the weekend off,”
“Only a few of us were told, and it was on the Friday that it was shutting down. People could have needed to see a doctor, or get a prescription. It’s lucky there wasn’t an emergency on the island over the weekend.”
A Cork County Council spokesperson told TheJournal.ie: “Last weekend the cable car operator took annual leave but unfortunately, given the time of year the primary relief operator or the secondary relief operator were unavailable to cover, hence the cable car was closed.”
They put up notices informing the public the cable car would be closed and informed local tourism providers, elected representative and islanders by email. They apologised for any inconvenience caused.