You must go here. This place is probably 800 years old. The feeling of being where people have gathered for almost a millennium is extraordinary. There are grooves sliced into one stone corner where soldiers used to sharpen their swords. There's a tiny window where the lepers of Carrickfergus used to gather outside to receive communion. Look carefully and you'll see that the aisle is crooked. The whole church is cross-shaped, and the kink represents the way Jesus' head is said to have fallen to the right when he was crucified. Some of the pillars are the original Norman-era ones; much of the church dates to other times, built after collapses or as additions.
Outside another amazing place is the graveyard. There are Celtic crosses in various designs. Some tombstones are so old that the inscriptions are all worn away. St. Nicholas' is today a living house of worship with a Church of Ireland congregation. I called in as a tourist. The people inside was very knowledgeable and generous.
This is a place where you feel you can reach out and touch the same walls where others' hands were placed through so many centuries. History is not in a book, or on TV, it is here.
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