SPIKE ISLAND is being featured in a Discovery Channel television series about historic sites.
The island played host to television cameras and crews for the flagship channel’s latest series of Legendary Locations.
Dubbed Ireland’s Alcatraz by the showrunners, the crew’s visit uncovered the rich history of the 200-year-old fortress.
Titled Can You Dig It? the episode explored parts of the fortress and various tunnels that had never before been captured on camera.
Tour guide at Spike Island, Karl Gosch, said filming focused on the unseen areas of the fortress which were opened up to crew members who filmed inside and uncovered some newly-discovered artefacts.
“Basically, their show was looking to explore some of the unseen areas, so we opened up the area and they filmed, just to show what was inside,” he said.
“There were a couple of things that were found that hadn’t been discovered beforehand.
“They had a look in some of our Victorian prison cells. We have one building there called the punishment block and we had a look around and had a talk about that, what happened inside there.”
The Discovery Channel crew members were particularly interested in the Victorian side of the prison and the conditions that were in place during that period.
“Victorian prisons were very much about punishing prisoners as opposed to rehabilitation, we’re unique here on Spike Island because we have a long history and we have seen both systems,” Mr Gosch said.
He said that crew members did not know about what was found inside the tunnelled areas.
“They wouldn’t have known what was inside the tunnelled areas or various parts that they were looking through but they knew what they island was, they knew it was a Victorian prison when they came over,” he said.
It is not yet known if and when the series will be broadcast in Ireland — but it could prompt a wave of fresh interest from American visitors.