Fireworks to light up Cork Harbour for Spike Island celebrations

Tuesday, May 28, 2024. 11:35am
Fireworks display to light up Cork Harbour for Spike Island’s 86th birthday celebrations

Fireworks display to light up Cork Harbour for Spike Island’s 86th birthday celebrations

Island prison celebrates anniversary of Independence with a family fun evening and entertainment

Spike Island have announced they will commemorate the 86th anniversary of its independence on Saturday July 13th with a fireworks display setting Cork Harbour alight.

This momentous occasion for one of Ireland’s most iconic historical landmarks will also include a family fun evening to mark the handover of the prison fortress from Britain on July 11th, 1938.

1300 fireworks will illuminate the sky on the night, symbolising the inmates who tragically lost their lives during Spike Island’s history as a prison in what promises to be a special tribute and a poignant reminder of the island’s past.

Attendance will be capped on the island and demand is expected to be high, therefore, advance online booking is essential.

Families and those interested in attending can secure their spot by visiting to reserve their tickets.

At this special Independence Day celebration, visitors will enjoy live entertainment and a host of family-friendly activities, whilst immersing themselves in the island’s rich history.

The evening will feature pop-up musical performances, face painters, and much more, ensuring a memorable experience for guests of all ages.

To get to this unique event, visitors will embark on a ferry journey across Cork Harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours, and enjoy a guided tour on arrival, offering detailed insights into the island’s remarkable history before exploring the fort, museums and exhibitions as well as the island’s stunning walking trail with breathtaking views as the sun sets before the main event, with the fireworks display to take place as darkness falls.

To facilitate the smooth flow of the event, boats will begin departing from 5.15pm.

Early arrivals can enjoy the island’s attractions and will also be among the first to depart the island after the event concludes.

Return boats will commence at 10.30pm, departing every 10 minutes. Visitors are advised to check their ticket times for the return boat, with the last departure scheduled for approximately 11.45pm.

Further information is available on the website

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