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Spike Island, Cobh

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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. Plan to see Spike Island and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cobh trip planner.
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  • Visited on 15 April after the Titanic experience. We were worried about the weather when we booked at 10am for the 12 noon trip , fortunately in typical Ireland style as we got to learn quickly he... 
    Visited on 15 April after the Titanic experience. We were worried about the weather when we booked at 10am for the 12 noon trip , fortunately in typical Ireland style as we got to learn quickly he...  more »
  • This was a lovely day trip, Spike Island has so much history. We were met at the jetty by a Tour Guide who walked with us towards the jail telling us about the history, people associated with the... 
    This was a lovely day trip, Spike Island has so much history. We were met at the jetty by a Tour Guide who walked with us towards the jail telling us about the history, people associated with the...  more »
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