We are talking about the ‘Alcatraz’ of the other ‘City by the Bay’ – Spike Island – situated in Cork Harbour. Spike Island is also open to the public and well worth a visit. The island has had many faces throughout its history. It has served as a sanctuary for Christianity, a haven for smugglers, a military post and a prison. The island operated as a prison during Ireland’s War of Independence from 1919 to 1921 until it was closed by the Department of Justice in 2004. For its uniqueness in location and history, the island was given to Cork County Council in 2009 to secure it as a heritage, tourism, and recreational site. Take a ferry ride out on Cork harbour and discover the buzz about our very own ‘Alcatraz’ for yourself!