Carrickfergus is a beautiful little town on the North Antrim Coast of the County of Antrim. The castle is just magnificent, the people are helpful (but you will of course find exceptions) and Positive Carrickfergus are doing a great job of raising the profile of the town. The journey time from Belfast is about 20 minutes on the train. As with any other town, parking can be a problem, but there is a big car park near the castle.
The Carrickfergus Camera Club recently helped out with the Spanish evening at the Loughshore Hotel on 26th July 2018 as part of the Spanish summer school under the auspices of the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus.
On 15th September 2018, there was a very interesting architectural tour led by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.
There was another one a few weeks later, focussing on materials used in renovating buildings. Fascinating… especially as some of the materials are Spanish!
According to my architect friend, the book by Ruari O’Baoill is a very useful source of information and research. A useful source for beginners is the book “The Diamond is as big as a square”
Ron Bishop is a local historian and is very keen to promote the work of Richard Kane, who supported the Protestant cause for the first half of his life, and the Catholic for the second in Menorca, Spain, hence Menorca Place.
10 reasons to visit Carrickfergus…
The people…. they are so warm and friendly
Dobbins pub – currently undergoing an archaeological study but still open for business, and very interesting historically.
The Castle.. of course – and the history in general.
The walk along the promenade
Rumours Cafe – lovely food, and great service
Positive Carrickfergus… they do some great community projects.
The library – the manageress is just wonderful and a mine of information
The museum…. story of Richard Kane who first worked on behalf of the Protestant cause in Ireland, then went and set up tourism in Menorca… hence Menorca place.
The quaint streets… lovely shops such as Robinsons who make wonderful shoes
The Courtyard… lots of arts and crafts, and a couple of nice cafes
The Ulster man who saved Menorca