Craigyhill: 13 pictures of what’s likely to be NI’s biggest bonfire

This year’s stunning Eleventh Night bonfire in the Craigyhill estate in Larne is definitely a sight to behold.

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 9:58 pm
This young lady enjoys the spectacle of the Craigyhill bonfire. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
This young lady enjoys the spectacle of the Craigyhill bonfire. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Towering above ‘the Green’, the magnificent structure is made up of an incredible 17,000 pallets and stretches to an amazing height of 147 feet to the top of the beacon (not counting the flag on top).

The bonfire, which has attracted huge attention from national and international media, can be seen from miles away and many people have come from far and wide to gaze at the impressive spectacle before it is set alight at midnight on Sunday, July 11.

It has taken a year of planning and fundraising, organising of pallets, weeks of construction and constant guarding of the site, but according to the Craigyhill bonfire committee, it has all been worth it.

Nine-year-old Elijah Crusie practises the drums at the site of the Craigyhill bonfire in Larne. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

They say they have been bowled over by the response to the huge bonfire effort, particularly all those who have come to Larne to see what everyone is talking about.

“This is what we want, we want to show people what it’s all about, our culture, our history and why we do it as we give up our spare time after finishing our jobs to build something like we did.

“The whole community gets behind us because we do it for the people of Larne,” the bonfire committee said.

“We enjoyed every single minute building the biggest bonfire Northern Ireland has ever seen and ever will see until next year when we do it again,” they added.

Craigyhill bonfire in Larne nears completion ahead of this weekend's celebrations. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The work that has gone into building the Craigyhill bonfire has been incredible. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Craigyhill bonfire in Larne nears completion. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The Craigyhill bonfire towers over the landscape in Larne. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The community in Craigyhill, Larne has been blown away by the response it has received to its mission to build the biggest bonfire in Northern Ireland. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The bonfire at the heart of the Craigyhill estate in Larne. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The Craigyhill bonfire against the skyline over Larne. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
An aerial view of the Craigyhill bonfire site. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The impressive bonfire in Larne's Craigyhill estate. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
Taking it easy while keeping a watch on the Craigyhill bonfire. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.
The Craigyhill bonfire builders are hoping their impressive structure is the biggest in Northern Ireland. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker.