Difference between revisions of "Cork Harbour Fortifications"

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[[Image:CamdenDock.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Fort Meaghers dock with [[Fort Davis]] in the background]]
 
[[Image:CamdenDock.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Fort Meaghers dock with [[Fort Davis]] in the background]]
To protect the harbour, four fortifications were built. [[Fort Meagher| Fort Camden]] and [[Fort Templebreedy]], both in Crosshaven, [[Fort Mitchell| Fort Westmoreland]] on Spike Island and [[Fort Davis| Fort Carlisle]] in Whitegate.
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To protect the harbour, four fortifications were built.  
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*[[Fort Meagher| Fort Camden]] - Crosshaven
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*[[Fort Templebreedy]] - Crosshaven
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*[[Fort Mitchell| Fort Westmoreland]] - Spike Island  
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*[[Fort Davis| Fort Carlisle]] - Whitegate.
 
[[Image:CamdenEntrance.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Entrance to Fort Meagher]]
 
[[Image:CamdenEntrance.jpg|thumb|180px|left|Entrance to Fort Meagher]]
 
In addition to the four fortifications, there was also a naval base established on [[Haulbowline| Haulbowline Island]] which is the current base of operations for the Irish Naval Service.
 
In addition to the four fortifications, there was also a naval base established on [[Haulbowline| Haulbowline Island]] which is the current base of operations for the Irish Naval Service.
  
 
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As of 2016 Fort Davis remains in military ownership and is not open to the public. Forts Camden and Fort Westmoreland are open to the public on a seasonal basis. Fort Templebreedy no longer exists having been built upon by a pitch and putt course. However it is possible to see some of the abandoned gun emplacements.
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==
 
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*[http://www.spikeislandcork.ie Spike Island Official Site]
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*[http://www.camdenfortmeagher.ie Camden Fort Meagher Official Site]
 
*[http://www.passagewestmonkstown.ie/cork-harbour.asp Guide to Cork Harbour with Map]
 
*[http://www.passagewestmonkstown.ie/cork-harbour.asp Guide to Cork Harbour with Map]
 
*[http://www.palmerstonforts.org.uk/redan/cork.htm The Redan No.42 February 1998 : The Cork Harbour Defences by Ian Stevenson]
 
*[http://www.palmerstonforts.org.uk/redan/cork.htm The Redan No.42 February 1998 : The Cork Harbour Defences by Ian Stevenson]

Revision as of 09:53, 6 April 2016

Satellite Image of Cork Harbour from Google Earth

Cork Harbour is one of the largest natural deep water ports in the world. As such to the Royal Navy, as part of the occupying British Forces, it was considered to be of vital strategic importance in protecting their Atlantic fleet.

Fort Meaghers dock with Fort Davis in the background

To protect the harbour, four fortifications were built.

Entrance to Fort Meagher

In addition to the four fortifications, there was also a naval base established on Haulbowline Island which is the current base of operations for the Irish Naval Service.

As of 2016 Fort Davis remains in military ownership and is not open to the public. Forts Camden and Fort Westmoreland are open to the public on a seasonal basis. Fort Templebreedy no longer exists having been built upon by a pitch and putt course. However it is possible to see some of the abandoned gun emplacements.

External Links