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Carrickfergus (kărˌĭkfûrˈgəs), town and district, E Northern Ireland, on the shore of Belfast Lough. A minor fishing port, the town has die-casting, distribution, electronics, and energy and mineral industries. A castle and church built in the 12th cent. still stand. John Paul Jones fought (1778) a victorious battle offshore from Carrickfergus. The area is a center for leisure boating and is known for its scenic camping and hiking.
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1. a town in E Northern Ireland, in Carrickfergus district, Co. Antrim; historic settlement of Scottish Protestants on Belfast Lough; Norman castle. Pop.: 27 201 (2001)
2. a district of E Northern Ireland, in Co. Antrim. Pop.: 37 659 (2001). Area: 83 sq. km (32 sq. miles)
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