Carrickfergus and the Great War was the theme for a talk in the Civic Centre on Friday evening.
Author Philip Orr specialises in Ireland’s experience of the Great War and has written several books on the subject.
Carrickfergus and the Great War, the title of the book he penned in 2010, explores the impact of the First World War on the coastal communities of Carrickfergus and Whitehead.
Despite inclement weather, a small, yet eager crowd arrived at the Antrim Street venue to hear Philip tell the story in his own unique, engaging style that blends gravitas and humour, with empathy and understanding.
As one member of the audience said: “Much of this story is new to me. I found it fascinating, and enjoyed hearing Philip tell it first-hand.”
The talk also served to mark the opening of the museum’s latest exhibition focussing on the Antrim Artillery Militia, a regiment that was a part of the fabric of Carrickfergus for over 60 years, from its formation in 1854 until demobilisation in 1919.
Also on display is a striking set of War Department plans from 1905, of the military barracks and ordnance stores at Antrim Street – the building which houses the museum and serves as the main administrative office of Carrickfergus Borough Council today.
The exhibition runs until October 4.