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Spike Island Cork

Visit Spike Island During Your Stay at Cork International Hotel

The Cork International 4 Star Hotel sits on the outskirts of Cork City. Our signature rooms are perfect for a weekend break away with friends or loved ones. Rest atop your comfortable double bed after a long day of exploring all that Cork City Centre has to offer.

Our signature room also comes equipped with rollaway beds/cots for families travelling through the Rebel County on request. Visit the Little Aviators Kids Club, our resident children’s playroom for an afternoon or evening of family fun when you stay at the Cork International Hotel.

Things To Do On Spike Island

Sitting in the heart of the River Lee, Spike Island is a short ferry trip from Cobh, a 30-minute drive from Cork International Hotel. Spanning 104 acres, the island is home to a plethora of activities, open daily from 10AM to 2PM.

The history of Spike Island began in 635 A.D. when St. Mochuda established a monastery on the island after curing the King of Kerrycurrihy of blindness, deafness and lameness. He spent one year there before leaving it to his three disciples to maintain. It became home to 20 brothers and was often used as a site of pilgrimage during Early Christian Ireland.

After falling out of favour as a place of worship, Spike Island was repurposed. During the 1640’s, Spike Island became a detention centre for prisoners during Cromwell’s campaign. In 1847 the facility officially became a prison decreasing the number of inmates it housed. The prison was later closed in 1883 and became a military complex.

Spike Island reopened as a prison during the War of Independence, closing soon after. The use of the facility as a detention centre continued, opening again in 1972-1982 for prisoners of war and to imprison insubordinate soldiers. It was once again repurposed, changing to a civilian prison from 1985-2004 in an attempt to cater for the increase in individuals being imprisoned for car theft and joyriding.

Aside from the island’s use as a place of worship and imprisonment, Spike Island is a strategic location at the mouth of Cork Harbour. This saw the establishment of a fort used by naval services in the past, another attraction tourists can visit to when coming to the island.

Things To Do On Spike Island

Currently there are three tours available for guests to choose, each differing in terms of length, depth of information and price. Visit the Spike Island website to see what package best suits your needs.

Why You Should Stay at Cork International Hotel

After a long day out at sea and learning of the exciting, ever changing history of Spike Island, guests can toast to a successful trip and the memories they share over a delicious meal at The New Yorker Bar. Children can enjoy a complimentary evening movie in our Cinema Room every evening, or spend some time in our children’s playroom.

We are perfectly located near to main transport links, for easy access to tourist attractions such as Spike Island.

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