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Spike Island Tours Information

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Marine Transport and The Titanic Trail Ltd. are happy to announce the launching of a daily guided tour of Spike island from 31st July to the end of September, recent press releases have given the impression that the tour will only take place on Saturday and Sunday however it will be offered every day, 7 days a week from now until the end of the season. If required by demand additional tours will be put on each day.

The time spent on the island will be between 75 and 90 minutes and the boat journey will be dependent on tidal conditions taking anything from 10 minutes over and back at high tide to 25 minutes each way at low tide. Extreme care should be taken when embarking and disembarking at the piers in Cobh and Spike Island.

Visitors should note the following. Due to conditions on the island such as derelict buildings, heavy vegetation and dangerous uneven road surfaces not all of the island is accessible and the tour is very much a guided tour. Current Health and safety requirements mean that visitors must stay in the company of the guide at all times. Children have to be very strictly supervised by their parents. There is no possibility at this time for individual exploration of the Island. The various hazards and control issues will be explained to all visitors. It should also be noted that for the first 40 minutes of the tour there are no toilet facilities until entry to the fort.

Decent footwear is essential and remember there are, as yet, no shops, restaurants of relaxation areas. The roadway from the pier up to the fortress is a moderate incline and some may find the climb challenging.

Despite the various issues of safety the tour explores the fascinating history of the island and visits locations and places that reflect its diverse use. We sincerely hope that the Spike Island Guided Tour will be exciting, interesting and provide a fabulous afternoon in Cork harbour and one of Ireland’s most interesting Islands.

Introductory price arrangements are as follows:

Boats will leave from Kennedy Pier in Cobh daily at 2pm and tickets will be sold at the Ticket Booth there.

Adults: 12.50 Euro per person (includes boat trip and tour)

Children under 12 cost 8 Euro.

Introductory Family ticket of 30 Euro for 2 parents and up to 3 children. (further details at booking office)

Enquiries to 4811485 or 4815211 Email spikeislandguidedwalkingtours@gmail.com

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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