From Saturday 3 – Sunday 12 June, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has a line-up of events planned to mark 225 years since the Battle of Antrim.
The Battle of Antrim was a pivotal battle in the 1798 Rebellion and indeed a pivotal event in the history of Europe. On 6 June 1798, Henry Joy McCracken, the leader of the United Irishmen in Co. Antrim, issued a proclamation calling for the United Army of Ulster to rise. He knew that the magistrates were due to meet in Antrim town on 7 June and sent orders for garrisons in Randalstown, Larne and Ballymena to be attacked, while he and James Hope, with the men of Belfast and South Antrim, would lead the main attack on Antrim town. However, the attack on Antrim was repelled and the United Irishmen scattered in disarray.
To commemorate this historic event and give residents the chance to learn all about the Battle, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is hosting a series of events:
For the full programme of events, including ticket information, visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/battleofantrim
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