Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus
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This weekend, I went to Belfast for volleyball intervarsities, a tournament for all the college teams in Ireland. The first day was actually Thursday, but I missed this since I was in Dublin for the Naughton's Thanksgiving dinner. We went 1-5 in our pool play this day so we went to the lowest bracket for the tourney. On Friday, we had a pool play with 4 teams to determine the seeds for the actual playoff style ...
Our first stop on our tour of Northern Ireland was Carrickfergus, home of Carrickfergus Castle.
Built by the Normans in the 1100's, it's in pretty good shape today. It passed into English hands in 1210 and was furnished with additional walls and crossbows over the coming centuries.
One figure associated with Carrickfergus castle is William of Orange, one of two claimants of the English throne (he was Protestant while his opponent, James, was Catholic) ...
We also learned from Carrie that the oldest church is Ireland is the one she will be getting married at in December of next year. It was a lovely church. We then headed to the Dobbins Inn and had a beer while we were waiting for Duggen. We learned about how the hotel is haunted by a woman who was waiting for her man to return from sea. Quite scary.
After viewing the Protestant murals we headed to the Peace Wall, which is a wall that divides the hard-line Catholic and Protestant areas of Belfast. The wall looks like it is at least 15m tall, you would think that it would be impossible to throw anything over it, but our driver said that even now every so often someone trying to get a bottle or something like that over it.
After the Peace Wall, we went to the only city gate that still gets closed at ...
... quotes, sayings and song lyrics. and all the people who visit it write their name and a message around the sculpture, they wash it off every few months because it gets too full. next stop was a memorial garden on bombay st in a catholic neighbourhood. it was a street right on the edge of the wall and a street which the loyalists (udia) burnt completely to the ground in 1969. i found it a pretty disturbing place, there has a banner on the wall with photos of ira members who ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsClarion Hotel Carrickfergus
The facility is in need of repair, the staff is overworked bit the food is very good.
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