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Kilwaughter Castle exhibition opens

Friday 8 September 2017

A new exhibition on the fascinating local history of Kilwaughter Castle has opened at Carrickfergus Museum.

Kilwaughter Castle

‘Kilwaughter Castle: A Road to Restoration’ was opened on Tuesday by the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Cllr Paul Reid.

Visitors will get to see photographic images of the castle in its heyday, at the turn of the 20th century.

During this time it was leased by the Balzani owners to their distant cousins, the Galt-Smiths. Both families did much for the area, with the Balzani family in Italy continuing to send financial support for the Agnew-Balzani school.

They continued to support the parish congregation long after leaving the castle. As a result of this kindness they are still fondly remembered in the area today.

Currently the castle is in a ruinous state, however the Kilwaughter Castle Trust are looking to the future and strive to preserve the building for future generations.  At its core, the plantation castle cements the local links with the Scottish Planters, while the 19th century additions are a legacy to the famous Regency architect John Nash.

Mayor Cllr Paul Reid welcomed the invited guests with an opening speech, saying, “We are delighted to have the images on display here in Carrickfergus Museum for the first time and it is great to see the Kilwaughter Castle Trust reaching out across the borough to make the public aware of this historically important building.”

The exhibition will run until Thursday 28th September. For further information please contact Carrickfergus Museum on T: 028 9335 8241 or E: CarrickfergusMuseums@midandeastantrim.gov.uk