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  • Hi
    Im researching my family tree and would love to hear from anyone related to Fanny Elizabeth Clawson born in 1916 in Carrickfergus, daughter of Alexander Clawson and Lettice Ethel Burgess, she died in Carrickfergus in 1997, she was married to Norman Banks and spent her married life living in Kent. If anyone has information please get in touch.
    Vanessa Howell

    Posted by Vanessa Howell ( on 12 July 2013

  • Hi I live in Canada but went to school and worked for a short time in Carrick.
    Hope to visit in fall of 2013 and would like to locate a old school friend, Ethel Clawson, don't know her married name. Really hope someone can help.

    Posted by Joy Martin ( on 03 June 2013

  • I hope you enjoy it - some very good stuff in it. Good luck.

    Posted by Billy Graham on 01 April 2013

  • I'm not easily impressed but you've done it with that posting.

    Posted by Jaundalynn on 16 March 2013

  • I noticed a lot of historical queries on this blog. For those interested there is a nice historical e-book (free) for downloading from the link below containing interesting historical information on Carrickfergus. It is titled...

    "The history and antiquities of the county of the town of Carrickfergus, from the earliest records till 1839 : also a statistical survey of said county (1909)"

    The link is...

    The downloadable PDF document is shown on the left (quite a big document at nearly 26Mb)...enjoy!

    A similar free e-book on the history of Belfast can be found here...

    Posted by Billy Graham ( on 09 March 2013

  • I am thought to be descended from Noah-Daloway-Webb of Carrickfergus and formerly of Dunshaughlin Co. Meath. Geraldine Webb. Meath.

    Posted by geraldine webb ( on 30 January 2013

  • Hello,

    I live in Montana in the USA.

    I visited Carrickfergus last April and drove along the coast and to Ballymena. My ancestor James Willson is supposed to have come from here to the US colonies abt. 1719.

    Posted by Gary Gerth on 24 December 2012

  • Pretty nice post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I've really liked reading your posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

    Posted by Mhamed on 01 September 2012

  • I will be coming to visit Carrickfergus next week to try and find any info that I can about the Pollin family. Please email me any information that you feel like sharing. William Blackwood Pollin being the name that I have traced back the farthest. Thank you. see you soon! Mary

    Posted by Mary Rainville ( on 28 August 2012

  • Carrick Council, Romeo and Juliet, drama in Shaftsbury Park, what an excellent play, despite wind and rain , a great night out, superb acting.

    Posted by Ross on 29 July 2012

  • Just a quick line or 2 to say a great big massive thank you and the MOD for arranging such a fantastic day on the 30th June 2012. I only travelled from Portadown to Carrick to the Carrickfergus Armed Forces day. The displays, the armed vehicles old and new, the stands, everything was organised professionally. Really really enjoyed the whole day. Congratulations to all who must have worked hard and it payed off.

    Posted by paul wilson ( on 02 July 2012

  • Looking forward to being in Carrickfergus in July.

    Bringing 21 Canadians with me to experience our lovely town.

    Posted by Sylvia Crockett on 09 March 2012

  • Carrickfergus residents, organisations and groups of all ages are invited to join The Big Lunch - a one day get together for local people.
    Free Big Lunch Packs are undated and available at

    If you are thinking of doing something for the Jubilee, dont forget to get your free Big Jubilee pack which includes a special message from Her Majesty The Queen to you and your Jubilee lunch

    A Big Lunch is anything from cake and conversation to a full blown party, join in and make good things happen where you live.

    Posted by The Big Lunch - eden project on 31 January 2012

  • Glasgow Girls FC Senior Team & Under 17s are looking forward to coming over to Carrickfergus for the Womans & Girls football tournament in July...A big thank you to Lynda Waring, Arts & Events Officer for all her help....

    Posted by Jim Strathdee ( on 20 January 2012

  • Hi, what a great site. I am looking for information on my great grandfather Captain Nathaniel Giffen and his family. I know that the Giffens came from Carrickfergus. Emma,Nathaniel's wife migrated to Australia after he was lost at sea back in 1883 along with their 3 children. Does anyone have a photo or more info? Thanks Jill.

    Posted by Jiil Giffen- Maygar ( on 15 October 2011

  • Hi all. The Erin Cat show is being held on the 3rd of September in Carrickfergus Leisure Centre. All welcome on the day. Stalls and plenty of cats to see please come and enjoy the day.

    Posted by Suzanne Simpson ( on 10 August 2011

  • hi im searching for my sister kaye brennan our mother is kathleen brennan father micheal brennan from carrickfergus area any info would be most helpfull

    Posted by christina brennan ( on 13 May 2011

  • On friday 10th june at 3.00am in morning the "drumming for heroes" group made up by orange lodges from glasgow banbridge and london will set off from the castle and walk the near 100 miles to the boyne heritage centre,drogheda carrying on a stretcher a lambeg drum on its way raising awareness to the help for heroes date we have raised 40,000pounds

    Posted by ian girvan on 11 May 2011

  • I would love to hear from more family. As you can see, I am a Dobbs, and we have many family relations here. I was last here in the late 70's and I want to return. The people here were so nice and it was great to see where my family came from

    Posted by Larry Dobbs ( on 05 March 2011

  • I am the Great Grandson of William Chambers that was in the RBP334 that in 1907 became the 236 .
    He was worshipful Master 1909to 1911,1912 to 1914,1922to 1929 a total of 14 years .He was first Lecturer from 1930to 1933 his No was 1868 a man held in very high esteem by his borthers

    Posted by Kenneth Rutter ( on 02 March 2011

  • Looking for information about a William Jonh Hicks/Sandercock
    born in Boscastle Cornwall married Sally had 2 sons John And Ian

    Posted by Warwick ( on 28 February 2011

  • I was born here in 1940

    Posted by Christine Fincham ( on 18 February 2011

  • i live in england any one who knows me get in touch

    Posted by jimmy robb ( on 19 January 2011

  • I was born at 22 Irish Quarter South, the home of my Grandfather, Arthur Bamford the boss at the salt works at Clipperstown. I was last home in December 2000, I live in England these days.

    Posted by Hugh McNeill ( on 16 January 2011

  • Further to the details of my father his parents are Patrick Joseph Brennan and mother Jane Brennan. Both are from Carrickfergus. What would be the best way to trace the family line? I was born in Canada because my parents James Brennan and Bridget Brennan moved here 61 years ago from Carrickfergus. I would love to find more of my family from Ireland. My father Had brothers named Patrick, Eddy, John and sisters Mary and agnus.

    Any Information or help would be great.

    James Brennan

    Posted by James Brennan ( on 19 December 2010

  • Hi, my father james brennan was born in Carrickfergus in 1927.I would like to here from anyone who knew the brennans around that time. Any information would be appreciated.

    Posted by James Brennan ( on 03 December 2010

  • I love Carrickfergus. I was born there in 1956. Mom and Dad moved out in the early 60's to the US. Shaun and Beth Denver.. If anyone knows my mom or dad, let me know. I've been to Carrickfergus several times. If you have never visited... do it... its beautiful...

    Posted by Lynda Denver Bonaminio ( on 25 November 2010

  • Great

    Posted by Dean Pauley ( on 17 November 2010

  • Carrickfergus seems a nice place to visit!

    Posted by david vickers ( on 27 October 2010

  • hi i was born 1949 in carrickfergus where i still live with my wife audrey we were blessed with 2 lovely girls who are now 2 beautiful ladies must take after their mother unfortunately in 1975 we lost a baby who only lived three and half hours we were devasted we now have 4 lovely grandchildren and god willing we will have another before christmas my schools were the model primary carrick intermediate for one year then carrick tech i worked for a sheetmetal firm called miles ash and co then courtaulds and am with shorts at present good reading to anyone

    Posted by William Mc Neeley ( on 05 October 2010

  • I was born (1927) in Carrickfergus and lived at 59 Irish Quarter South until 1954 when I imagrated to Canada. I was wondering if any of my old friends are still around and would certainly like to hear from any of them or their children etc., Billy Moore, Jack McGregor, Jack Thacker, Willie Lyle, Raymond Montgomery,Jim McGookin, or anyone else who would like to contact me.

    My last visit to Carrick was in June 1990 and my wife and I watched the 300th anniversery of the landing of King William 3rd. I took some pictures of the parade and of course Carrick Castle, one can never forget the castle and also St.Nicholas Church, both of which hold many fond memories for me. I also had the pleasure of playing a round of golf at the Carrick course where I won the Dobbs Cup in 1954 just prior to my departure for Canada.

    During my visit in 1990 I saw many changes in Carrick, but there is one thing I hope will never change and that is the people, I have traveled almost around the world and can say without hesitation that I have found the Carrick people the most friendly and most helpful people I have had the pleasure of associating with.

    Best wishes to you all,

    Andrew & Gisela Lindsay.

    Posted by Andrew Lindsay on 13 August 2010

  • Visited your wonderful town October of 2009. I found the locals to be very friendly towards us, (we are Americans). The city was very clean, and the castle was nothing short of spectacular. The marina is world class! The location of the Tesco store was very well planned...close to town centre. The Premiere Inn was the best chain hotel I have ever stayed at. While at the central bar, we were even offered to come meet the mayor! Will return in the future for a quiet and quaint get-away from the states.

    Posted by Kevin Welch (welch831! on 14 July 2010

  • Carrickfergus is a wonderful place! Get in contact with old friends on facebook,

    Love Carrickfergus!!

    Posted by Darren Harrison ( on 26 April 2010

  • A great site to read, thank you

    Posted by Leonid Shimko ( on 29 January 2010

  • My family and I visited Carrickfergus this year in May. We were taken immediately by the friendliness of the locals and made to feel very much at home. We were thrilled by the castle and the 'Old Town Tour', but the entire area has touched this family, and I'm sure we will be back. Thank you Carrickfergus, and Merry Christmas from the Fowler family of Alberta Canada!

    Posted by Rick Fowler ( on 22 December 2009

  • Will be visiting Carrickfergus over Christmas and the New Year 2009 and the website has been very informative. Looking forward to my holiday in Carrickfergus.

    Perth, Western Australia

    Posted by Joanna Gilmour on 28 October 2009

  • Good site which is very easy to navigate

    Posted by John on 13 September 2009

  • Congratulations to Carrickfergus Council on the two wonderful 'Live at the Castle' Concerts in August. Looking forward to hearing who is coming in 2010!

    Posted by M Murray on 02 September 2009

  • Just a quick note to say we very much enjoyed the tour of the walls yesterday at 14h30. Our guide was very informative. We live in Jordanstown and had no idea the walls even existed let alone the rich history of them. My children also very much enjoyed the jesters and interactive activities in the hall.

    Posted by John McGuckin on 24 August 2009

  • I live in NSW Australia and last week I had reason, for family history purposes, to contact the borough council for help in contacting the local family history society in Carrickfergus.

    In case anyone can help me I am trying to find my great great grandparents, John and Frances Kelly, who lived in Carrickfergus around 1851. They had 4 sons, George (1844-), Robert (1847-), John (1849-1894) my great grandfather who later moved to Scotland and married Elizabeth Mitchell and they eventually moved to Australia in 1878, and James (1851-).

    During the 1851 census Frances was staying at her mother's house in Killyglen, along with her sons and her 2 younger sisters.

    If anyone has any of these people in their family tree could they contact me as I would love to know what happened to the various siblings and their aunts.

    Marion Scrivener

    Posted by Marion Scrivener on 28 July 2009

  • Friendliest welcome from local boat people and marina staff, pleasure to visit. Thanks.

    Posted by Dave McColl ( on 24 July 2009

  • I trace my ancestry back to Hugh Willson a Linen Merchant in Carrickfergus, Antrim County Ireland circa 1750. His grandson Hugh L. came to America in 1775 and Canada in 1800.
    His greatgranddaughter married my greatgrandfather John Fitzpatrick

    I have friends visiting the area this week and have passed the info to them

    Hopefully they will have an opportunity to search out current Willsons

    Posted by John William Fitzpatrick ( on 08 June 2009