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World famous attraction on your doorstep

Wednesday, 24th April, 2019 4:04pm

If you’re looking for something to do with the family, Spike Island ticks all the boxes.

The Cork County Council attraction Spike Island will be representing Cork and Ireland at the upcoming World Travel Awards, as the island attraction competes for the title of ‘Europe’s leading tourist attraction 2019’.

The island's nomination was announced a few days ago and this follows the island's successful nomination in 2017. The winner is set to be announced at a gala ceremony in Madeira, Portugal on 8 June.

Three Irish sites are among the nominees as the Cliffs of Moher and Epic, Dublin’s emigration museum, join the island on the shortlist of 14.

The island also faces stiff competition from established international names like the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and the Sagrada Familia.

Despite the competition Island Manager John Crotty is confident they can take home the crown. He said: “We have seen so much development in the last two years since our successful entry in 2017, with the latest addition of a new ferry just this week adding to our visitor experience.”

Spike Island remains the Tripadvisor traveller favourite for Munster and is number three in Ireland.

It opened to the public in June 2016 following €6.5 million investment by Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland and its numbers have grown year on year from 44,000 in 2017 to 71,000 in 2018.

It is hoped the island can eventually attract over 100,000 visitors a year into the city and county, with new additions this year including a Ring of Spike walking trail and an ‘Independence’ exhibition, focusing on the 1400 War of Independence prisoners held on the island in 1921.

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