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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 made a trip out to spike island one of the first trips this year,it's worth a visit lots of history found on the island that's very interesting would like to say a big thank you to John Gaulding ou...  more »
  • Lovely day out,the boat trip to the island was enjoyable especially in good weather...a really nice plAce to take a picnic also but we had tea's and cakes in the hall/ cafe ... Very informative and ni...  more »
  • Was out here some time ago with the lovely Ursula. You can get a regular boat to it and it's just a short hop. The place is eerily amazing. It was a prison of course and it housed many dangerous crimi...  more »