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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 booked this for a cultural trip. John Flynn was our guide on the after dark tour, and he's great, very passionate and knowledgeable. Wrap up warm because it is windy, and take a couple of € for a c...  more »
  • Went here with several mates for a day trip. Great to learn about the history associated with the place. Would recommend this as a day trip.  more »
  • We had a pre-booked group day tour as that's what winter dates allow. Our guide John was really great. Very very knowledgeable about the island and its history. I found that there were a lot of differ...  more »