Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Island 358 - Rocky Island, Ringaskiddy, County Cork

Rocky Island is a very small island linked by bridges to mainland County Cork near Ringaskiddy to the south and Haulbowline Island to the north.  It is uninhabited by any living people but it is home to a crematorium.  

A magazine store was built into the heart of the island by the British Board of Ordnance in 1808. It was capable of storing up to 25,000 barrels of gunpowder for the naval base on Haulbowline Island. It was reused for military storage in the 20th century and later by Irish Steel until 2002. In 2005 it was bought by the Island Crematorium Company Ltd.  It is currently the only crematorium in the Republic of Ireland not in the Dublin area.  The Island Crematorium opened in 2006.

The island was originally conical in shape but the Board of Ordnance levelled it, apart from one small rocky outcrop.

I visited on a Saturday lunchtime in September 2016 and there were some people waiting for a cremation service to start.  The only place to park on the island is the crematorium car park, which is quite large, so I hoped they wouldn't mind if I parked there for a few minutes while I explored the island and walked over to Haulbowline Island.

I have no idea what this is!
Looking north towards Haulbowline Island
The Crematorium is this way
Crematorium Car Park and Entrance

Road across Rocky Island showing the only remaining rocky outcrop
Back entrance to the Crematorium
Stone Seat looking towards Haulbowline Island
Rocky island from Haulbowline

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