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About Carrickfergus


Carrickfergus known locally and colloquially as "Carrick", is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is located on the north shore of Belfast Lough, 11 miles (18 km) from Belfast. The town had a population of 27,201 at the 2001 Census and takes its name from Fergus Mór mac Eirc, the 6th-century king of Dál Riata. It is County Antrim's oldest town and one of the oldest settlements in Northern Ireland as a whole. Carrickfergus is the administrative centre for Carrickfergus Borough Council and forms part of the Belfast Metropolitan Area.

The town is the subject of the classic Irish folk song "Carrickfergus", a 19th-century translation of an Irish-language song (Do Bhí Bean Uasal) from Munster, which begins with the words, "I wish I was in Carrickfergus."

The British peerage title of Baron Carrickfergus, which had become extinct in 1883, was bestowed upon Prince William on his wedding day on 29 April 2011.

ScotsCarrick or Craigfergus
IrishCarraig Fhearghais

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Carrickfergus Castle at sunset
Carrickfergus is located in Northern Ireland
 Carrickfergus shown within Northern Ireland



Carrickfergus is classified by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) as a large town (i.e. population between 18,000 and 75,000 people) and within the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area (BMUA). On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 37,659 people living in Carrickfergus. Of these:

  • 20.1% were aged under 16 years and 17.9% were aged 60 and over
  • 48.74% of the population were male and 51.26% were female
  • 8.65% were from a Roman Catholic community background and 85.08% were from the Protestant or other Christian community backgrounds.


    West Street on a quiet day.


The marina complex in Carrickfergus.


The war memorial at Joymount, in Carrick's town centre.


The wall mural and replica pilloryin the town centre are popular attractions for visiting tourists.


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