Saints, Felons and FamineeBook - 2012
After 14 centuries of military and ecclesiastical heritage, 2005 saw the then-Justice Minister Michael McDowell put in place proposals to turn Spike Island into Ireland’s Alcatraz through the construction of a €70 million super-prison. Spike Island, situated proudly in Cobh Harbour, has a long penal history. Cromwell used it as a holding center for those awaiting transportation to Barbados, and prisoners of the War of Independence were kept there before the island was finally handed over to the Irish. In 2007, following extensive campaigning by heritage campaigners, these plans were dropped, replaced by plans for its preservation as a heritage site.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, The History Press,, 
Copyright Date: ©2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (160 pages)