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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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  • This tour is the best thing I have done in long time. It far surpassed my expectations. Although it is still being developed the personal passion that our tour guide John Flynn showed made it all the ...  more »
  • Went for a family day trip to spike island last summer .Found the day very enjoyable.Boat Trip across to the island takes about 20 mins .There is a guide to meet u at the other side who takes u on a t...  more »
  • The boat from Cobh to Spike Island passed haulbowline where we saw 2 seals resting on the shore. The island itself gives a great view of the harbour and the fort is interesting. The council staff were...  more »