Camden Fort Meagher, Cork

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Camden Fort Meagher is a coastal defence fortification close to Crosshaven, County Cork, Ireland. Together with similar structures at Fort Mitchell (Spike Island), Fort Davis (Whitegate), and Templebreedy Battery (also close to Crosshaven), the fort was built to defend the mouth of Cork Harbour. Though originally constructed in the 16th century, the current structures of the fort date to the 1860s. Originally named Fort Camden and operated by the British Armed Forces, the fort (along with other Treaty Port installations) was handed-over to the Irish Defence Forces in 1938. Renamed Fort Meagher in honour of Thomas Francis Meagher, it remained an Irish military installation until 1989 when the Irish Army handed the fort over to Cork County Council. It remained largely overgrown until 2010 when a group of local volunteers began restoration and development of the fort for heritage and tourism purposes. The fort was renamed Camden Fort Meagher and is now open seasonally to visitors, with exhibits on the fort's Brennan torpedo installation (the world's first "practical guided weapon").
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  • Surprise ! Big defensive fort, amazing tunnels and spaces. Facilities for visitors are good. Also information is well done. Unexpectedly interesting experience. 
    Surprise ! Big defensive fort, amazing tunnels and spaces. Facilities for visitors are good. Also information is well done. Unexpectedly interesting experience.  more »
  • Well done to those who brought the base back from ruin. I have been living in Cork all my life and only last year I heard about the Fort, Its well worth a visit and very reasonable fee. great views... 
    Well done to those who brought the base back from ruin. I have been living in Cork all my life and only last year I heard about the Fort, Its well worth a visit and very reasonable fee. great views...  more »
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  • What an absolutely fantastic day out for all. Opened today after two years closed. Great weather, friendly staff/volunteers. Lovely food. All in all it's a 5 out of 5. And it's a must visit this summer.
  • Camden Fort is a good place to go if you have a couple of hours to spare. They have done great work to get it to the standard that it is.

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