Carrickfergus Castle and Pillory
Carrickfergus is a large town in County Antrim steeped in history. The town is said to have gotten its name from the Irish Carraig Fhearghais meaning Rock of Fergus, according to one tale Fergus the Great had a ship run aground on a rock by the shore.
Carrickfergus castle is widely known as one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland. Carrickfergus far pre-dates the city of Belfast and Belfast Lough was known as ‘Carrickfergus Bay’ well into the 17th century.
in 1711 Carrickfergus was the scene of the last witchcraft trial in Ireland. Eight women were charged and were convicted. They were sentenced to a year in prison and four sessions in the pillory. An example of the pillory is visible today in the High Street and makes for a fun photo opportunity.