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#Ireland's Alcatraz

# irelands-alcatraz - Sunday 22 May, 2016

Locked up for years for stealing a handkerchief - Delving into Spike Island's dark past

The prison was intended only as a temporary response to increased criminality during the famine, but remained open for 36 years.

# irelands-alcatraz - Friday 9 November, 2012

Cork council publishes €40m ‘master plan’ for Spike Island tourism

‘Ireland’s Alcatraz’ would become a major tourist trap and national park under Cork County Council’s new plans.