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The Northern Half of the Island of Ireland

Dundalk to Belfast

semi-overcast 60 °F

After a good nights sleep and breakfast, we checked out and started our journey towards Belfast.

Our first stop was the lovely village of Carlingford and King John's Castle. The Vikings invaded Ireland in the 9th Century and historical records tell that they occupied Carlingford Lough, a naturally secure bay. Carlingford was inhabited in the 12th century by Norman knight Hugh de Lacy after laying the foundation stone for a castle on a strategic outcrop of rock. A settlement sprang up close to this fortress. The castle is known by the name of King John's Castle following a visit in the year 1210. The castle is an extensive ruin seated on a solid rock - the sides of which are enclosed by the sea. Mountains rise on the inland side, at the foot of which is a narrow pass which was formerly commanded by the fortress.


From there we travelled along the firth to the beautiful scenery of the Ring of Gullion.

Our next stop was Armagh and St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral. It is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland – the seat of the Archbishops of Armagh, the Primates of All Ireland for both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. In ancient times, nearby Navan Fort (Eamhain Mhacha) was a pagan ceremonial site and one of the great royal capitals of Gaelic Ireland. As the seat of the Primate of All Ireland, Armagh was historically regarded as a city, and recognizably had the status by 1226. It had no charter granted but claimed the title by prescription; Acts of the Parliament of Ireland in 1773 and 1791 refer to the "City of Armagh". Armagh lost the status with the abolition of its city corporation by the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act 1840 after it was deemed ineffective and unrepresentative of its population.


Posted by rpickett 17:21 Archived in Ireland Tagged and ireland northern

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