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In the English Civil War (1642–51) the castle was one of the chief places of refuge for the Protestants of Antrim; in 1642 the first presbytery held in Ireland met there.
The castle was taken over by King John in 1210 and lie made it an administrative center for the English government, which it remained for over seven centuries.
Carrickfergus was besieged and damaged by Edward Bruce in 1315-16, and then again by the O'Neill's in the 1380s.
www.castles.org /castles/Europe/Western_Europe/Ireland/Carrikfergus   (682 words)

 Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim
The mighty stronghold of Carrickfergus, once the centre of Anglo-Norman power in Ulster, is a remarkably complete and well-preserved early medieval castle that has survived intact despite 750 years of continuous military occupation.
The core of the castle - the inner ward and keep - was built by John de Courcy, who conquered east Ulster in 1177 and ruled as a petty king until 1204, when he was ousted by another Norman adventurer, Hugh de Lacy.
After the collapse of the Earldom of Ulster in 1333, the castle remained the Crown's principal residential and administrative centre in the North.
www.irelandseye.com /aarticles/travel/attractions/castles/carrick.shtm   (750 words)

 Attractions in Ireland - things to do and see
Ballymote Castle - Ballymote, begun in 1300, was the last and the mightiest of the Norman castles in Connaught.
Carrick-on-Suir Castle - This castle of the Butlers - Earls and later Dukes of Ormonde.
Donore Castle, Dublin Castle - Fragments are all that remain of the great medieval fortress that once served as a symbol of Royal authority in Ireland and the centre of administration.
www.irelandseye.com /aarticles/history/place/index.shtm   (738 words)

 Antrim History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In Co. Antrim the castles were perched on the basalt crags which fringed the coast from Carrick-fergus to Dunluce and Dunseverick.
Carrickfergus Castle occupies a commanding position on a rock 30 ft. high, and overlooks the lough.
King John arrived at Castle Carrickfergus in 1210 to defeat de Lacy, and thus the castle fell into the possession of the crown.
antrim.travelinireland.com /antrim_history.htm   (624 words)

 Carrickfergus Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland, situated in the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, on the shore of Belfast Lough.
Carrickfergus Castle was built by John de Courcy in 1177 as his headquarters, after he conquered eastern Ulster in 1177 and ruled as a petty king until 1204, when he was ousted by another Norman adventurer, Hugh de Lacy.
After the collapse of the Earldom of Ulster in 1333, the castle remained the Crown's principal residential and administrative centre in the north of Ireland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Carrickfergus_Castle   (736 words)

 County Antrim from Picturesque Ireland
Carrickfergus, ten miles from Belfast, formerly the county town of Antrim, received its name from Carrig, a rock, and Feargus an Irish hero who was lost in a storm some three centuries before the Christian era.
In 1689, the castle was held by Lord Iveagh for James II; but during the year, the garrison, having exhausted its ammunition, surrendered to Schomberg for William III, who landed here in 1690 to take personal command of his army.
Larne, nine and a half miles from Carrickfergus, is pleasantly situated under a steep hill in a fertile and sheltered glen at the head of Lough Larne, the name given to the inlet of the sea lying between Island Magee and the mainland of Antrim.
mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk /ballycastle.antrim/antrim/carrick.html   (2605 words)

 Carrickfergus Parish, Co. Antrim, Ireland, ©Jane Lyons
CARRICKFERGUS, a sea-port, borough, market and post-town, and parish, and a county of itself, locally in the county of ANTRIM, of which it was the ancient capital and is still the county town, 88 miles (N.) from Dublin, containing 8706 inhabitants.
In 1234, Carrickfergus is mentioned as one of the haven towns of Ulster; but from that period till shortly after the commencement of the 14th century, little of its history is known.
In the R. divisions the parish forms part of the union or district of Larne and Carrickfergus ; the chapel, in the western suburbs, was erected in 1826.
www.from-ireland.net /lewis/ant/carrfergus.htm   (3211 words)

 DCU Carrickfergus Home Page
Carrickfergus is a very beautiful and historical Borough, which boasts many attractions including an award-winning marina, it’s own 12th Century Castle and even a salt mine!.
Carrickfergus DCU lies to the north of Belfast on the south-east coast of Co. Antrim.
The main population in the DCU is centred around Carrickfergus and Whitehead, with pockets in the surrounding villages and rural farming areas.
www.psni.police.uk /dcu_carrickfergus_home_page.htm   (546 words)

 Irish castle and Cottages in Ireland
This castle was home to the Talbot family from 1174 to 1976 apart from a short period during Cromwell’s campaigns.
These are thought to be the remains of criminals or would-be criminals who were beheaded in the 15th century on the orders of Edward IV, who ordered that anyone who had robbed or ‘who was going to rob’ would be beheaded and have their heads displayed on spikes, as a warning to other thieves.
Birr Castle is not open to the public as it has been home to the Parsons family, Earls of Rosse since 1620.
www.autohire-ireland.com /castleandestates.html   (4057 words)

 Carrickfergus Castle in Northern Ireland
This first castle, located at the very southern end of the rocky outcrop was very small, which also made it easier to defend.
The Castle was soon taken back by the English and remained in their hands except for a short period in 1760 when the French successfully occupied the fort.
Troops continued to be garrisoned at the Castle through the end of world war I; until the castle was decommissioned in 1928.
www.travelsinireland.com /castle/carrickfergus.htm   (224 words)

The castle is the most important building in the town and is arguably the finest military monument in Ireland.
Following the collapse of the Earldom in 1333, the castle remained in the Crown's hands as the only English stronghold in the North, but little is known of its history at this period.
However, the castle was ordered to be fortified in 1216, and £100 was made available to the custodian in 1217, so it is likely that the middle ward was then begun.
freespace.virgin.net /mp.hearth/C'fergus.html   (983 words)

 Carrickfergus Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The inner ward & keep of the castle was built by John de Courcy in the 1180s.
Hugh de Lacy took over in 1227 and the rest of the promontory was enclosed to form an outer ward, doubling the area of the castle.
The castle was besieged again by Edward Bruce in 1315.
cloghmore.bravepages.com /antrim/carrickfergus.html   (195 words)

The spectacular castle was built about 1180 by John de Courcy, is in excellent condition and open to the public.
I've seen many photographs of this fine castle but this one by Sam is one of the nicest.
Carrickfergus Castle taken in the mid 80's from accross the harbour.
members.tripod.com /imagesofireland/carrickf.htm   (128 words)

 Stronghold Heaven: Castle of the Week 32 - Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle stands in a strategic position on a rocky spur above the harbour on the northern shore of Lough Belfast and is a perfectly preserved Norman castle, probably the earliest stone castle in all Ireland.
Ships carrying food for the castle's defenders were scattered by a storm, so he laid siege to the castle intending to starve the garrison as he had no heavy siege engines.
The position was becoming desperate in the castle with the garrison reduced to chewing hides and eating rats and an attempt to relieve the castle from the sea was defeated.
stronghold.heavengames.com /history/cw/cw32   (870 words)

 destination guide - Carrickfergus - Ireland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The castle has now been restored and is peopled with alarming life-size figures plucked from various moments of its history - including King John in the garderobe.
A monorail journey in a huge Norman helmet through Carrickfergus history from 581 AD when noble Fergus was shipwrecked on a rock (carrick), the ride bombards you with sound, smells and sights.
Carrickfergus Golf Club (tel 028/9336 3713), on North Road west of the town centre, is an eighteen-hole parkland course with great views to Scotland and over the Mourne Mountains.
www.cityguides-worldwide.com /Ireland/30903.htm   (789 words)

 Castles on the Web for castles, castle photos, castle of the day: Castle Tours : Ireland
Castle Salem is both a 15th century authentic Irish castle and a 17th century B&B home.
Photographs of all the Castles of County Galway, in Ireland.
The present Glin Castle, which succeeds the medieval ruin in the village of Glin, was built in the late 18th century with entertaining in mind.
www.castlesontheweb.com /search/Castle_Tours/Ireland   (327 words)

 Northern Ireland - The Castles of Antrim
He used it to modernise the castle but he must have skimped on the kitchen, since in 1639 it fell into the sea and carried away the cooks and all their pots.
When Henry II was king of England, the Norman John de Courcy had overthrown the kings of the north of Ireland and established his rule from Carlingford Lough up the east coast as far as Fair Head.
In the early 17th century, Carrickfergus was the only place in the north where English was spoken; Gaelic was still the language of Ulster.
www.geographia.com /northern-ireland/ukiant03.htm   (452 words)

 Carrickfergus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carrickfergus stands on the north shore of Belfast Lough and is home to the 12th century Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland.
Neighbours actress Jackie Woodburne was born in Carrickfergus in 1957.
Carrickfergus is classified by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) as a Large Town (ie population between 18,000 and 75,000 people) and within Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Carrickfergus   (670 words)

 Ireland Travel Guide: County Antrim
The walled garrison town of Carrickfergus is eight miles (13 km) north of Belfast on the A2.
Carrickfergus Castle is on the seafront, the largest and the best-preserved castle in the North.
These are the ruins of Dunluce Castle, which was the stronghold of the MacDonnells, Lords of the Isles, in the 16th century.
www.authenticireland.com /holiday/travel_guide/antrim.htm   (1130 words)

 Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus castle was a key to the Anglo-Norman hold on Ulster, started by John de Courcy, conqueror of Ulster, between about 1180 and his fall in 1204.
During the Edward Bruce invasion the English retreated to Carrickfergus after the battle of Connor, and the castle fell to the Scots in September 1316, after a year's siege.
Renewed building activity dates from the 16th century, when alterations were made for defence by and against artillery, but its importance declined and the castle was in disrepair when Schomberg took it for William III in 1690.
www.ehsni.gov.uk /places/monuments/carrick.shtml   (589 words)

 Carrickfergus, Ireland. Travel guide & tourist information by Hostelbookers.com
The castle has now been restored and is peopled with alarming life-size figures plucked from various moments of its history – including King John in the cloakroom.
The ride takes you on a monorail journey in a huge Norman helmet through Carrickfergus history from 581 AD, when noble Fergus was shipwrecked on his rock, and bombards you with sound, smells and sights.
Poet Louis MacNeice (1907–63) spent a miserable childhood in Carrickfergus, saying sourly of the town: "The Scotch Quarter was a line of residential houses / But the Irish Quarter was a slum for the blind and halt" (Carrickfergus, 1937).
www.hostelbookers.com /guides/ireland/carrickfergus   (757 words)

 Belfast : Side Trips | Frommers.com
Just outside Belfast off the M3 motorway, the castle town of Carrickfergus offers a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and some fresh sea air.
Locals like to say that Carrickfergus was thriving when Belfast was a sandbank, and looking around its winding medieval streets at the edge of the sea, it's easy to believe.
The narrow streets across from the castle follow the historic winding pattern of medieval roads, and you can still find some of the old city walls.
www.frommers.com /destinations/belfast/1336010011.html   (1002 words)

 Castles of the World Newsletter: November 25 , 2002
The choice in castles that you made for the trip were wonderful as usual.
Gillettes Castle was William Gillettes Castle (Actor who played Sherlock Holmes) He was sailing down the Connecticut river one afternoon, and saw Seven hills in a row called the Seven Sisters.
From what I heard and seen, Gillettes Castle has been going through some renovation and I had heard some stories that they were going to put back the miniature train, for people to ride once again on the grounds of Gillettes Castle.
www.castlesoftheworld.com /Newsletter/2002-11-25.htm   (667 words)

 Carrickfergus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Carrickfergus is a small town in Northern Ireland but it is getting much bigger.
Carrickfergus is a very interesting place to visit because of its castle and harbour.
Carrickfergus Castle is very ancient and it is also very famous.
atschool.eduweb.co.uk /staffroom.acorninteg/Carrickfergus/Carrick.htm   (287 words)

 Sister Cities International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
At September 2001, 19.9% of employees in Carrickfergus were employed in the manufacturing sector and 73.8% in the service sector (NI 15.7% and 77.7% respectively).
The Borough of Carrickfergus is positioned on the shores of Belfast Lough and 10 miles to the north of Belfast City.
Carrickfergus Borough Council operates a programme of cultaure, arts and leisure activities throughout the year.
www.sister-cities.org /icrc/cityseek/list/display?recID=37591   (547 words)

 The Official Carrickman's Carrickfergus Web Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Carrickfergus is a fascinating place full of history, culture, stories, interesting people and great "CRACK!!" Please browse the pages to find out more.
Carrickfergus is on the east coast of Northern Ireland.
Carrickfergus, Carrick, castle, Antrim, Belfast, Newtownabbey, Whitehead, Ulidia, Ballycarry, Jordanstown, Ballynure, Saint Nicolas Church, St., Acorn Integrated Primary School, Banshee, Leprechaun, Cu Chulainn, Hound of Ulster, Setanta, Stone of Scone, Dolmen, Northern Ireland, King, William of Orange, Billy, history, dunsobarky, John de Lacy, de Courcey, marina, Scotch Quarter, North Gate, Healing Wells.
www.nireland.com /carrickfergus   (711 words)

 Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland hotel close to University of Ulster - Clarion Hotel, GB633
Carrickfergus Castle sits at the mouth of Belfast Lough on a rocky outcrop and has guarded the region from attack for many of the past 800 years.
Explore the castle with a map, or take a pre-booked guided tour and discover a stormy history that dates back to the 12th century.
Carrickfergus Castle hosts the Lughnasa Fair, a recreation of medieval life including a traditional harvest fair, sword-fighting, archery, magicians, Punch and Judy shows, medieval drumming, troubadours and acting troupes.
www.choicehotels.com /ires/en-US/html/HotelInfo?hotel=GB633   (524 words)

 JOHN DE COURCY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
However, since de Courcy seems to have concentrated his military power in the castles at Dundrum and Carrickfergus and to have left Dun da Lethglas as a religious centre, it seems that his small castle gradually decayed and was knocked down.
Little is known about de Courcy's achievements as justiciar apart from the building of two mighty castles, Carrickfergus to dominate the northern part of his territory and Dundrum to guard the south.
Dundrum Castle stands on a 200 foot high hill overlooking the village and the little harbour in Dundrum Bay.
www.pdevlinz.btinternet.co.uk /JohndeCourcy.htm   (1895 words)

 Carrickfergus Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Started 1180 by John de Courcy, conqueror of east Ulster, and garrisoned until 1928, this is a striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air.
Carrickfergus Castle greets all visitors with its strength and menace.
Carrickfergus is 10 miles north of Belfast city centre, a straight run on the M5 Contact Details:
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