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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# SPIKE ISLAND

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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.
# SPIKE ISLAND
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.
# SPIKE ISLAND
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.
# OZ DAY
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.