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# spike-island - Friday 7 September, 2018

Many prisoners on Spike Island may have been from 'black spots of disadvantage'

Spike Island initially became a convict depot in 1847.

# spike-island - Sunday 1 October, 2017

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.

# spike-island - Monday 15 May, 2017

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.

# spike-island - Sunday 22 May, 2016

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 - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

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.

# spike-island - Saturday 22 June, 2013

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.

# spike-island - Friday 9 November, 2012

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.

# spike-island - Monday 18 July, 2011

From The Daily Edge Rebels to celebrate convicts on Australia Day 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.