If you have heard the word “Carrickfergus” before may have listened to a song about the place from Charlotte Church who sings:
“I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Where the castle looks out to sea.
I would swim over the deepest ocean
For my love to be with me.
But the sea is wide and I can not swim over
Nor have I the wings to fly
I wish I had a handsome boatman,
To ferry me over, my love and I.”
Our Airbnb had a view of the ocean from our apartment in Carrickfergus just down the block from the castle.
Carrickfergus means the “Rock of Fergus”. Fergus was one of the first kings of Ireland. He drowned just a few hundred yards away and had this rock named after him. Never liking to waste a good rock, the Irish build a castle here called Carrickfergus Castle. It is considered the best preserved castle in Northern Ireland. The locals have a festival every year so we went down the block, crossed the street and there we were back in 1200 AD.
Admission was free the day of the festival and we were given a small glimpse of medieval times by these hired reenactors. Reenactors are people who’s hobby it is to portray a time period or event with full scale props including clothing, food, surgical tools, armor and weapons, knights etc.
The crowd was very enthusiastic about the four knights who were all over the place with lances, staging mock combat, and dressing their horses. Below is a short clip of a mock battle.
There are parts of the town wall still in existence here and there in Carrickfergus. You can read more about the castle and Carrickfergus by clicking on this link. http://www.causewaycoastalroute.com/carrickfergus.html