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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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  • We really enjoyed this tour. From the ferry over to the island was exactly on time and on arrival we had a great tour guide "Elizabeth" who was very pleasant and well informative on all aspects of the...  more »
  • Were blessed with a dry sunny Autumn day. Needed to be wrapped up well for the boat trip and on the island as it was windy. Siobhan was an excellent guide, knows her history and delivers it a clear an...  more »
  • I live locally and decided to take my sister and her four children to Spike Island for the day. From the very start it was an enjoyable experience. The boat trip was lovely as they took us around Haul...  more »