75 Belfast Rd. Carrickfergus, Belfast, XB, GB, BT38 8PH

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    St. Nicholas Church

    3 Lancasterian Street
    Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB
    +44 28 9336 0061
    It is said that the Normans emptied the limestone quarry across the Lough to decorate their spectacular castle and this church in Carrickfergus, which was once an ecclesiastical centre. John de Courcy built many churches in an attempt to atone for the blood spilled as he fought local chieftains for their land. All that remains is this beautifully preserved 800-year old church, renovated by Sir Arthur Chichester in the 17th century. There are many dazzling stained glass windows, including a 16th-century Flemish John the Baptist window, and there is a crooked aisle representing Christ's tilted head on the cross. Legend tells of secret passages between Dobbin's Inn, the castle and the church, and one of Ulster's most famous poets, Louis MacNeice, grew up in the rectory.
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