|'Alcatraz' Plan for Spike|
|Written by Frank Corr|
|Monday, 20 February 2012 08:28|
A plan to redevelop Spike Island into an attraction comparable to Alcatraz will be unveiled this week.
In July 2010, Spike Island, located off the Cork coast, was handed over to Cork County Council on behalf of the Department of Justice by then minister for social protection Éamon Ó Cuív.
The local authority plans to transform Spike Island into a major tourism and heritage centre, highlighting the role the island has played in Irish history. Over the centuries, the island has seen monastic settlements, penal colonies and military bases established on its shores.
Members of the public will be given a chance to review the masterplan at the Commodore Hotel in Cobh on Wednesday.
As part of its drive to turn Spike Island into a tourist attraction, the council plans to build a floating pontoon, mooring systems and gangways at Spike Island.
Spike Island was the last place that thousands of Irish convicts would have seen before they were dispatched to Van Diemen’s Land, now Tasmania. A military outpost or penal institution of some kind since the 16th century, Spike Island closed as a prison in 2004.