Main content

The Last Keeper of the Light

The island of Skellig Michael off the south west coast of Ireland is famous for its lighthouses, and for its striking role in recent Star Wars films.

The lighthouse on Skellig Michael off the south west coast of Ireland was continuously occupied by lighthouse keepers for more than 150 years until its automation 1987. Skellig Michael has now become a tourist attraction since its ancient monastery was used as a location in recent Star Wars films. The last keeper of the light there was Richard Foran who has been speaking to Catherine Harvey about life on the remote island.

Photo: The lighthouses on Skellig Michael. Credit: Alamy

Available now

9 minutes

Last on

Thu 19 Apr 2018 07:50GMT

Broadcast

World War II Collection

Looking back at almost six years of global conflict, from Hiroshima to the Holocaust

The Witness Podcast

Every programme, to download and keep

The Russian Revolution

From the Bolshevik takeover of 1917 to the break-up of the Soviet Union

When Animals Made History

Events from history when animals took centre stage

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Stories of endurance, world records and remarkable athletes

African History Collection

The communities, politics, leaders and events that have shaped Africa

Podcast