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Spike Island will be celebrating their 85th birthday with their annual Family Fun Evening and Fireworks Display, marking the date when Spike Island was officially handed from Britain to Ireland in 1938.
In honour of this special occasion, they’ll be celebrating their very own Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display, musical performances and family fare on Saturday July 8th.
Visitors can board the ferry across the world’s second largest natural harbour, enjoy a guided tour on arrival, explore the fort’s amazing museums and exhibitions and walk the amazing island nature trails. On this special night, there will also be family entertainment, children’s activities, pop-up musical performances, face painters and more.
To close the night, a fireworks display will launch 1300 fireworks into the sky over Cork Harbour, one for every inmate who died on the island in its three incarnations as a prison.
This year, to mark the 85th anniversary of the 1938 handover of the ‘Treaty Ports’ from Britain to Ireland, Spike Island is also hosting a new Handover Exhibition at Mitchel Hall featuring a newly added collection of original artefacts. Visitors will have the opportunity to view this exhibition telling the story of our independence on the evening of the celebrations event.
Boats depart from 5.15pm with earlier arrivals being first to exit after the event. The fireworks display will take place at approx 10pm. Return boats from the island begin at 10.30pm and leave every 10 minutes (first in / first out, check ticket time for return boat) with the last return boat at 11.45pm approx.
Tickets start at €25 for adults, €14 for children, €4 for children under two or €70 for a family of four. Advance online booking essential and can be done in advance here.