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Carrickfergus Castle Dig Makes History On Belfast Lough's Shores

9th March 2014
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Carrickfergus Castle Dig Makes History On Belfast Lough's Shores

#BelfastLough - Eight hundred years of history on the shores of Belfast Lough have come to light thanks to a new archaeological dig at Carrickfergus Castle.

As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the fortification dates from Anglo-Norman times and is the best preserved site of that era on the island of Ireland, allowing experts to fill in a detailed picture of life in the Middle Ages.

The latest excavations are in the oldest part of the castle, the great hall where Anglo-Norman knight John De Courcy would have feasted.

But additional discoveries in the earth mean we're also learning more about a later resident, Arthur Chichester - the man credited with the founding of Belfast in the Elizabethan Era.

The Belfast Telegraph has much more on the story HERE.

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MacDara Conroy

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