Spike Island to open as tourist attraction

 

FORMER RESIDENTS of Spike Island in Cork Harbour will be allowed to return to the former military base this month for the first time in more than 30 years.

The “exclusive excursion” organised by Cork County Council is a precursor to the island’s new use as a tourist attraction.

Council officials are seeking proposals to develop tourism on the island and plan to secure a ferry service in the coming weeks.

The first visitors will be given walking tours of the 104-acre island. Its rich historical legacy stretches back to the 7th century,

On July 11th, an official ceremony will mark the handing-over of the island to the council. The island has a number of amenities, including sports facilities, beaches, a nine-hole golf course and Fort Mitchel.

Cork county architect Denis Deasy said: “This is not a simple Alcatraz. We are planning a multi-layered approach.”