Day Trip to Spike Island on Tues. 21st Sept. 2021

The Clonbanin Ambush Centenary Commemoration  Committee

                     wishes to announce the following dates of importance:                                  Tuesday 21st September. A day trip to Spike Island, including a seat on a Luxury Coach, with reclining seats, arm-rests, head rests, plenty air-conditioning and ample leg room, total comfort guaranteed.

  • Kealy’s Coach will pick at the following places:        Derrinagree Church 08. 30am.  Dromagh Church 08.40 am    ……     Kanturk Church 09.00am Mallow Race Course 09.30am.                        
  • The day will consist of Coach tour to Cobh, then on to the 11 00am Ferry to Spike Island, where we will be met off the Ferry by our appointed professional Guide, followed by a 40/45 minute guided, historical and informative tour, a very comprehensive and detailed account of the War of Independence.
  • Originally the site of a monastic settlement, the island is dominated by an 18th-century star fort named Fort Mitchel. The island’s strategic location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison.

The military Gun Park alone has over a dozen exhibits used in coastal defence spanning over 300 years of warfare, as well as a recreation of the Battery Observation Post which would have targeted the guns on Spike Island.  Plus, many more items of interest including military transport and smaller arms.   It is much loved by military enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the War of Independence. It has plenty toilet and rest-rooms facilities. A Café for refreshments.

The return journey will be via Mallow with a stop-over at the Arches Bar & Restaurant where we will enjoy a 3-course meal.   Main Course, Dessert   and   Tea / Coffee.

Total cost Including Coach, Ferry, Guided Tour and Meal  :   €40.    Pints, Wine and Drinks at the table are extra at your own expense.                                              

All names and monies will have to be submitted and paid up-front before Tuesday 14th September 2021 with no cancellations accepted, because the booking will only be finalized with Spike Island when paid in advance.  

Seats are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. The Coach is almost full, with just a few seats left.    This is a final reminder.                      

In accordance with H.S.E guidelines, masks will have to be worn on the coach and on the ferry.                                   

The other date to put in your Diary is October 9th 2021…..our Centenary Commemoration Celebration day, more about that later.                                                                                                         Any further queries contact    (086/8403914)     (087/ 8350255)           (087 / 9832388)                      (097 / 6251056)

We thank Charlie Drake for this wonderfully detailed programme.  (S.R.)

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