Friday 13th

Friday was a beautiful day and I was fortunate enough to be in Carrickfergus.  I grabbed a few pics in the late afternoon Sun. It was hard to believe we are just in the middle of January. This time last year we were in the grip of sub-zero temperatures and plagued with deep snow.

Ballylumford Power Station through the Haze

Above are a few pics of Carrickfergus Castle. Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle in Northern Ireland.  Carrickfergus is in County Antrim, on the northern shore of Belfast Lough. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the castle played an important military role until 1928 and remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a number of improvements were made to accommodate artillery, notably externally splayed gunports and embrasures for cannon, though these improvements did not prevent the castle from being attacked and captured on many occasions during this time. General Schomberg besieged and took the castle in 1690. This is also the place where Schomberg’s leader, King William III first set foot in Ireland on 14 June 1690.

The harbour beside the castle

 

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3 Responses to Friday 13th

  1. willowbogger says:

    nice photos Mike ! thanks

  2. bonsai eejit says:

    Did you happen to notice the beech hedge in the middle of the carriageway outside Newtownabbey Police Station on the way up. about 10 beech in leaf!!!

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