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Carrickfergus is located just north of Belfast on the A2. The Castle, which is Carrickfergus' main attraction sets on the coast line over looking Belfast Lough.

Photo Above - a view of Carrickfergus Castle from landside.
Construction of the Castle at Carrickfergus was started by John de Courcy around 1180AD, as a part of the Norman/Angle invasion of Ireland. This first castle, located at the very southern end of the rocky outcrop was very small, which also made it easier to defend.
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Setting on a rock that extends into the harbor Carrickfergus Castle was well placed to defend the coast line.

Photo above - a view of the coast line to the east as viewed by one of Carrickfergus Castle's canons.

After a year long siege by the armies of Robert and Edward Bruce (King of Ireland) the Castle fell in1350. 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. Today, visitors to Carrickfergus Castle find its restoration reflecting its 820 + years of history.
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Much of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland