Meet the people who keep the lights on at two lighthouses off the south-west coast

Solar panels on Inishtearaght lighthouse, Co Kerry.

There's a poignancy to Dan MacCarthy's helicopter trips to two lighthouses off the south-west coast - one with a former lighthouse keeper whose job is now mechanised.

From 500 metres above a hulking rock off the Kerry coast, travelling at 200kph, Scottish pilot Jim Moseley directs his helicopter in a northerly direction and takes aim at a circular landing platform not much bigger than a couple of tents.


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