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Spike Island, Cork

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View a defensive fort, prison cells, and gun emplacements at Spike Island, an island considered to be "Ireland's Alcatraz." In the seventh century, this island was the site of a monastic settlement. Over the years, it took on different roles because of its strategic placement in the harbor. It has been used as a location for smugglers and prisoners and as a military base. Take a ferry from the mainland to tour this famous island. Learn about the area's many historic sites, including its fort and prison where IRA prisoners were held until their escape in 1921. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Cork holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Spike Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Came here with my boyfriend for a day trip and I have to say, it was amazing! Our tour guide -->John Flynn<-- was so knowledgeable about the island and all of its history. We learned so much from him ...  more »
  • Our tour guide was John Flynn I found to be incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic about the island. He was very welcoming and lead a very interesting tour. Our tickets cost €18 each (2 adults) and ...  more »
  • You can obtain tickets (family ticket €46 or so) from Kennedy Harbour and at the height of the season there is a ferry every 30min or so. Despite the brutal bad weather, the crossing was about 20mins....  more »