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“View from the Heavens”
Review of Knockagh Monument

Knockagh Monument
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This is here because of one Henry Barton, the local High Sheriff after the end of World War I. He dreamed of a basalt obelisk with bronze panels listing those lost in the Great War from County Antrim. Slemish and the Giant’s Causeway were considered as sites for the work, but the 270 meter high Knockagh Hill was chosen. I’m glad – those other places might have been spoiled by it, the Knockagh carries it like a glorious finger pointing to heaven.

Henry Barton was a tireless worker, but he died before his dream was realized. So many were lost from the county that gigantic panels would be needed for all their names, so none are listed at all. The piece was ultimately built from concrete blocks – not so good. Even his suggested wording on it was disregarded.

Still, it stands, and from any distance it is hugely impressive. It looks down over Carrick Castle and Belfast Lough, and back across the County inland. On the train from Belfast it crowns the cliffs as a handsome focal point. Seasonally you see it surrounded by snow, or wreathed in morning fog, or silhouetted against a blazing sunset.

Do go up the windy road to pay it a visit. At the end is a car park. The monument itself is not handsome close-up, but … I’m a War dead researcher. I know about some of the men it stands for. Heck of a thing.

A parasailer was flying about one time I was there. I got my first-ever sighting of orange-tip butterflies on the approach road. We met a cart pulled by two giant horses driving back done another time. The views from the site are amazing. If all those lost soldiers are looking down on us, this could be close to the view they’d get.

6  Thank Steveodo
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We were thrilled to see when we arrived that there is a car park right at the monument, so no hill to climb! An amazing vista, we brought our chairs to the grassy area in front of the memorial after admiring it, and just enjoyed the peace and quiet, the ships going up and down in the lough, and the planes passing in the distance. A place we will visit again definitely, and maybe bring a picnic.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This war memorial sits on a cliff top overlooking Carrickfergus and the whole of Belfast Lough. It is easily reached by road and has a carpark beside it. On a good day there are views as far as Scotland

2  Thank coachIreland
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Such a superb view and worth the detour to get here. There is no access to the monument but the drive there and stunning vista of coast is A1

2  Thank Eilis S
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Took family visiting the area to have a look at the wonderful view
the amount of rubbish in hedges etc was awful
some of the papers etc had a date on them, so who is ever maintaining it need to go and have a look round
as it certainly hasnt been done in a while

1  Thank UlsterBrummie
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