A plaque supplied by Castit was unveiled by Seamus McGrath, Mayor of County Cork, and Tim Lucey, CEO, Cork County Council in this new phase of development for Irish tourism. Plans have been drawn up for a €6.25m second phase of development at Spike Island in Cork harbour which, it is hoped, will drive visitor numbers there to 100,000 per year by 2020.
Details of the planned upgrade were revealed as a large number of guests were invited onto the island to celebrate the official opening of its first phase of development, which cost €6.5m. Many people attended the opening ceremony in period costume and a 16-gun salute commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising boomed impressively from the fort’s coastal battery.
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