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Spike Island, Cork

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Last Sunday my wife decided to visit Spike Island. We got the ferry at 2pm. IDidnt know what to expect. On arrival we were met by the guides . After the well Come and safety advice we were split up in...  read more »
  • Spike was fantastic even better than I thought,our tour guide Elizabeth was so enthusiastic about the history of the fort and the harbour it was unreal, super day ,would recommend it as a must to all ...  read more »
  • If you're in Ireland and wanna understand Irish history, Spike Island is a good place to visit. We were there on a special weekend of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 uprising, so we had extra exhibi...  read more »
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