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  • #31
    Officially its a 23inf Bn asset. One of their cadre manages it.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    • #32
      Is Spike Island still a prison ? I did my N C O s course there when in the naval service and was stationed there for 6 months at a later date . At one time myself and Sub/lt Sean O Brien got a hold a hold of a big bunch of old keys and and went for a walk down inside the the fort , we had a flash light and got down two levels , you should have seen the stuff that was still there < nothing explosive > ,there was also a few six inch guns in their emplacements and still in working order, Fareplay to the Brits the knew how to build a Fort and a gun
      Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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      • #33
        It is still a prison service facility,though it is not being used(until they build a bridge from Haulbowline it seems).
        One of the Prison officers there has gone to a lot of trouble to make sure the guns on spike are looked after. I was there(not as a resident) in 1997 and it looked better than when i visited it back in the 80s,when the NS had it.

        From what I can remember,last class of NCOs passed out there about 1985...after that they went to the collig


        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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        • #34
          hi Bofor Gunner, dont know much about Davis , but the AD have a fort in Cobh which has the best views out over the harbour and should be recorded too before they sell it off. that whole area would make a brill tourist attraction if someone had the will. 1 FAR "owned" Spike and Templebreedy. They also were in charge of Bere Island. the Coast Defence Artillery was before my time and could be a useful history heritage project. The last CDA battery was an FCA one (Cobh) which later became an AD Bty. They had a 16mm colour film of firing the 9.2" guns out to see, pretty impressive film. 1 FAR subsequently had the the guns and stores on a care and maintainence basis for years. A retired guy (my vintage) nicknamed the "WOG" looked after them for years and is a great historian of Cork and its environs. So make enquiries of Finbar Dalton Main Street Ballincollig( no he is not the Wog) and if your bonafides are ok he may hand you on.

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          • #35
            Believe it or not there was a bridge connecting it with Haulbowline at one stage , a wooden bridge , the convicts from Spike where brought over each day to build the Naval Base for the Brits
            Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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            • #36
              There is also a small cemetary outside of the fort down by the football / rugby pitch . It was all overgrown and neglected when I did my N C O S course there . The course where given several projects to carry out and one was to clean up / tidy the old cemetary it took a while because it was so overgrown, eventualy we got it all cleared up and could see the head stones , no names on any of them , just a serial number and a date , turns out it is the burial place of Irish convicts who died on the island before they where shipped off to Australia and other far flung places. Is there ever a remberence service or something there ?
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              Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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              • #37
                Is not that the burial place of the man the fort, Mitchell, is named after? Didn't one of its early inmates write a book or some poetry during,and of his time on spike?


                Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                • #38
                  anyone know of anyone who can get me access to fort davis to take a few photos of the generator rooms etc?????might be easier than going over the wall.
                  Pussyand Gunsmoke.......live by one, die by the other, and love the smell of both in the morning!!

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                  • #39
                    Yes the fort is named for him < Mitchel > when he was incarcerated there, he wrote some poem there and not too sure if he was hanged there or shipped off to Australia
                    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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                    • #40
                      Ring the AD bty in Cobh , better still call in and see the NCOs on duty in the orderly room and see if they know 021

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                      • #41
                        i am in the AD bty in cobh ya [edited by mod- ] ....we have nothing to do with the forts and havent since we pulled out of spike in the 70s.....
                        Pussyand Gunsmoke.......live by one, die by the other, and love the smell of both in the morning!!

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                        • #42
                          Interesting site

                          http://www.bunkertours.co.uk/
                          "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!"

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                          • #43
                            Bere Island is a brill place as you said. Two guns about 6" calibre in open emplacements are still there facing towards Kenmare/Whitty island. hard to get into the fort now as the drawbridge looks a bit shaky. The whole island has forts and bits and pieces of mil. architecture . Its fasinating and would make a great tourist attraction if worked on. Really great place.

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                            • #44
                              Hello, just found this thread and this is a subject that interests me also. The guns that came from South of the border (can't remember where exactly) are installed at Grey Point Fort, Helens Bay which is between Belfast and Bangor County Down.

                              You can see the fort when leaving Belfast port and its strategic significance is obvious. There was also one on the County Antrim side but it is long gone. They guarded the entrance to Belfast Lough and the Port of Belfast.

                              As far as I know, the first British shot of WW2 was fired from Grey Point at a vessel which failed to display the correct signal for entering the port in war time only hours after the declaration of war.

                              Well worth a visit and every year they run militaria shows there with armoured vehicles etc.

                              Fort Dunree is overlooking Lough Swilly, County Donegal. Hope to get there later this year.
                              'History is a vast early warning system'. Norman Cousins

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                              • #45
                                Went to Spike twice ,

                                Once as an escort to a prisoner, two privates (us) and a Cpl . On the train from Dublin we wore web belts and bayonets. We were issued railway warrants and rations in brown paper bags. Met in Cork and trucked out to a boat and then to the jetty on the island . We walked up the hill to a drawbridge and knocked on the gate. The door opened a big scarry PA signed for the prisoner. We turned tail and got out of there pronto scampered back to the boat and said the usual prayer to express our feelings of fear.

                                Second time it was a daylong tour it was a very interesting place, the sheer scale of the engineering works hit you ,the power of the empire that could aford to slice the top off an whole island and build elaborate emplacements , tunnels, moats, railways,generating stations,barracks, underground ammunition stores,hoists, searchlights.firecontrol centres etc etc was something else.
                                The main armament ammunition was there like hundreds of milk bottles in the various stores. All ly cared for.TG We were shown a building a bit isolated which looked innocent from the outside ,but was a large gun emplacement inside complete with working gun, a big one about 5" or 6"

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