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# Cork
Many prisoners on Spike Island may have been from 'black spots of disadvantage'
Spike Island initially became a convict depot in 1847.
A former Cork prison has won an award ahead of the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and the Colosseum
Over 45,000 visitors were welcomed this year with a target of 100,000 visitors by 2020.
# Mountjoy Prison
Chalice given back to Spike Island after 134 years in Dublin
When the island ceased to be a prison in June 1883 the chalice was taken to Mountjoy Prison.
# Ireland's Alcatraz
Locked up for years for stealing a handkerchief - Delving into Spike Island's dark past
The prison was intended only as a temporary response to increased criminality during the famine, but remained open for 36 years.
You could be going to 'Ireland's Alcatraz' for your next summer concert
Cork County Council are to redevelop Spike Island into a tourist attraction and venue.
# Hidden Ireland
Hidden Ireland: A deserted medieval town, Ireland's Alcatraz, and a round tower
As part of the Hidden Ireland series, Neil Jackman looks at 3 off-the-beaten-track places to visit in Roscommon, Cork and Laois.
# Ireland's Alcatraz
Cork council publishes €40m ‘master plan’ for Spike Island tourism
‘Ireland’s Alcatraz’ would become a major tourist trap and national park under Cork County Council’s new plans.
Rebels to celebrate convicts on Australia Day
Better late than never – Cobh in Co Cork celebrates Australia Day this Sunday, six months after the event.