On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September 2016 Spike Island, Cork Harbour, hosted a commemorative weekend exploring the history of Spike Island during the Irish Revolution. Formerly the site of a Royal Navy installation, in the aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916 the crew of the gun-running ship Aud and two senior Irish Volunteer officers, Austin Stack and Con Collins were imprisoned on Spike Island, while in 1921, approximately 800 Republican prisoners and internees were held on Spike Island. During 1921 Spike Island experienced two successful escapes, Captain Pat White of Clare was shot dead while playing hurling, and the island was also the scene of was a hunger strike and a prison riot. This is an opportunity to visit Spike Island and learn more of these dramatic events.
The weekend included re-enactors portraying members of the Irish Volunteers/IRA, RIC, ‘Black and Tan’ and British Army. There was an exhibition of original artefacts from the period, including copies of six Spike Island prisoner autograph books, lists of the prisoners and internees imprisoned on Spike Island and photographs of some of these prisoners were on view.