On 11 July 1938 Ireland takes control of the treaty ports of Spike Island, Fort Camden and Fort Carlisle in Cork Harbour.

Lieutenant Colonel Jack Griffin describes the scene as the union jack came down and was replaced by the tri-colour. The official military takeover meant that the fort was now property of the Irish ministry of defence.

As the tri-colour was raised by An Taoiseach Éamon de Valera, a feu de joie was fired by the Guard of Honour at Cobh. Ministers and prominent public figures were in attendance at the event.

Jack Griffin speaks to Jim Fahy for the programme ‘Looking West’ on 3 April 1985.