14 Jun 2023

Europe’s only open sea cable car reopens to the public offering a ‘Pure Cork’ experience

Experiences do not get much more unique for those who visit Cork than the sea crossing that is the Dursey cable car, on Cork’s Beara Peninsula. The seven and a half minute trip, suspended over the roaring Atlantic waters, has seen been reopened after significant upgrading to support the islanders living on Dursey Island, West cork.

Originally opened in 1969 by Taoiseach Jack Lynch, the cable cable car supports the island residents who were often stranded in times of bad weather. It has proven a lifeline to maintain the numbers on the island community, as many Irish islands have seen falling populations or total abandonment. At one time islanders also transported livestock on the service, making for an interesting crossing for surprised tourists.

Pic: Brian Lougheed

The service has seen increasing numbers of tourists who flock to the beautiful West Cork Island, enjoying the thrill of the crossing en route.

The service was reopened by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins and Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey following a €1.6m upgrade.

“The Dursey Island Cable Car is truly unique and holds immense historical and cultural significance for the people of Cork County. I am delighted to reopen the cable car which ensures the safety and accessibility of this iconic landmark. This service is not only an important transport link but also a cherished attraction that adds to the natural beauty and tourism potential of our region. Thanks to this investment, Cork County Council has now safeguarded it for future generations.”

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins
Visitors to Dursey enjoy more than just the memorable cable car experience

Visitors to cultural Cork can look forward to yet another incredible attraction in 2023.

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