|A happy family enjoying an Irish gem!|
In 1990, there was a major controversy in the town when the council decided it wanted to erect a tercentenary statue to King Billy - William III, aka William of Orange - who landed in Ireland at Carrickfergus en route to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The final depiction of the king was one issue that irritated many locals (see my blog post 2 years ago at http://walkingineternity.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/william-womble.html), the other was the fact that some were arguing for a decent museum for the town, to commemorate the history of the whole historic borough, and for all communities. A bizarre attempt a few years later to create a themed ride - the "Knight Ride" - to depict the town's history was heavily criticised for a) being seriously rubbish, and b) being seriously, seriously, seriously rubbish. You basically sat in a wee helmet based car, got taken around the ceiling of the civic centre and shown cardboard cut-outs depicting some of Carrick's history - including, of course, King Billy, who stayed in the town for ten minutes before b*ggering off to Belfast.
|Dragons and ladders in the keep!|
If you're into all the Orange nonsense, then the King Billy statue is still situated in the car park of the castle - but if you really want to learn about one of the most extraordinary towns in Ireland, visit the castle and the museum, where you will find that there is actually one hell of a story to tell!
|Not the King Billy statue|
(With thanks to the good folk of Carrick)
Check out my Scotland's Greatest Story research service www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx (from June 12th 2012)