Travel Blogs from Carrickfergus
... soaking up the atmosphere at the finish which was great. Everyone here is so welcoming the Irish just want to talk !!! And do they talk !!! Fantastic even though they have funny accents and you can only understand half of what they say !! Found a fantastic old world cafe/bar for lunch just off the finish line and had Irish stew and crusty bread for lunch !! Looking forward to the main race tonight !! After lunch I took ...
Winter had arrived in Carrick and so had the CCAR adventure race series! It was a crisp, bright morning as the sixty teams gathered on the start line just inside the archways of the iconic Carrickfergus castle. Looking around I could see a plethora of woolly hats and buffs amidst the rising puffs of breath in the cold air. I slipped on my ski gloves and we were off! A brisk 500m jog later and we were given our maps for the run and ...
... the early 1850's. This wasn't really a visit with any expectations of discovering any family links, just one to walk the streets they had walked all those years ago.
Interestingly (probably to me alone), the town centre had walls built around it across the road from the castle. At the south-eastern end, outside the walls was the Irish quarter and at the north western end, also outside the walls was the Scotch quarter. The English didn't want ...
... made permanent
Buffer zone between Catholics and Protestents
Catholic area has a housing shortage
Only householders could vote
Bar - they ask if you have a gun; if not, they'll give you one
Hillbillies - origin is King Bill / William
folks moved to the US in the Kentucky area; so they lived in the hills and were loyal to King Bill
McHughs Tavern - established in 1711
J. Swift worked in Belfast ...
... told off by a taxi LOL We arrived earlier than i expected and so we heading (like on auto pilot) to the Titanic Quarter, 6 years ago there was feckn nothing here, and blinked and you would have missed the proud girls birth place. move forward 6 years and the place has totally changed, the Titanic museum is amazing, and truth be told i didn't learn anything that i didn't already know, but i stood in the place they built her, over 100 years ...