Carrickfergus

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Coordinates: 54°42′58″N 5°48′32″W / 54.716°N 5.809°W / 54.716; -5.809

Carrickfergus (from Irish: Carraig Fhearghais, meaning "rock of Fergus")[1], known locally and colloquially as "Carrick", is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 27,201 people recorded in the 2001 Census. The town is the administrative centre for Carrickfergus Borough Council. It is County Antrim's oldest town and takes its name from Fergus Mór mac Eirc, the 6th century king of Dál Riata. Carrickfergus forms part of the Belfast Metropolitan Area.

The town is the subject of a classic Irish folk song entitled "Carrickfergus", a 19th century translation of an Irish-language song (Do Bhí Bean Uasal)[2] from Munster, which begins with the words, "I wish I was in Carrickfergus."[3]

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