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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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  • Recently visited with a family group ages ranging from 2 - 70 yrs. John Flynn was our guide, who has a clear love for what he does & is an absolute goldmine of info on Spike, Cobh etc. The boat trip w...  more »
  • I couldn't recommend this trip highly enough. As a group of twelve, including 5 children under 12 years we travelled to Spike on a Sunday morning. The weather was good for late November and the crossi...  more »
  • The boat goes every 2 hours in the summer forgot what i paid very interesting tour of the island our guide was very knowledgeable they have opened a new viewing centre since we were there and i am tol...  more »