75th Anniversary of the handover of Spike Island

Irish History recalled


The 75th anniversary of the Handover of the Treaty Forts

On the 11 July 1938 the British government returned the Treaty Ports to the Irish State. Tomorrow, the 11th July 2013,  a unique event will take place on Spike Island to recall this historic occasion.

Spike Island Treaty Handover Anniversary
Spike Island

Visitors and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a 45 minute free guided tour of the island prior to the official ceremonies,  arranged by the Titanic Trail. They will also have the opportunity to stroll around the fort and on  the recently opened scenic Glacis Walk.

An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D, will be visiting Spike Island  island and is scheduled to arrive a 12.10. The County Mayor, County Manager and Executive Officer, 1st Brigade will welcome An Taoiseach and they will proceed  to Mitchel Fort.

The ceremony will initially involve  an inspection of the  Guard of Honour, an official welcome, public address and the unveiling of a plaque. This will be followed by  the firing of a 25 pound gun on Fort Davis (Carlisle) followed by the raising of the National Colours, a minute’s silence and the firing of another round. A similar procedure will take place in Fort Meagher (Camden) and on the promenade in Cobh Cobh. Finally, the National Colours will be raised over Spike Island  as the national anthem is played in concurrence with a  21 gun salute from Fort Mitchel (Spike Island).
Following the official ceremonies, there will be a public consultation in Mitchel Hall, titled: ‘Historical Perspectives on the Handover of the “Treaty Forts”.  This will be facilitated by Myles Dungan and introduced by Virginia Teehan of UCC.

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