COBH – Island Prison – Spike Island

Spike Island, situated in Cork Harbour, Ireland, is a place steeped in history and intrigue. Initially, it was fortified in the 18th century by the British to guard against potential invasions. This strategic location was fortified with various military installations over the years, serving as a defense post during conflicts like the Napoleonic Wars.
Later, in the 19th century, Spike Island underwent a transformation into a prison. It became one of Ireland’s largest prisons and was known for its harsh conditions and strict discipline. It housed a variety of inmates, including convicts, political prisoners, and prisoners of war.
During the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Civil War, Spike Island played a significant role. It held many Republican prisoners, and its treatment of inmates during this period was particularly severe.
After serving as a prison for over a century, Spike Island was eventually decommissioned in the 20th century. In recent years, it has been developed into a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors keen to explore its complex history.

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  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 31,00
  • Coin Thickness: 2,25
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • City: COBH
  • Country: Ireland
  • Available: yes, not through coin dispenser
  • Location: COBH, Ireland