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Population: 289,541
Area: 2,844 sq km
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Did you know that Lough Neagh near Antrim, with a surface area of roughly 150 square miles, is the largest lake in the British Isles? It contains the original Coney Island, celebrated in the spoken song of the same name by Van Morrison . Only Fermanagh of the six counties comprising Northern Ireland doesn’t border the lake, though Down ’s frontage is very short.
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Did you know that the only French Victory on British soil in the modern era occurred in 1760 at Carrickfergus when a French commander called Thurot captured the town? Thurot was a colorful figure – privateer, adventurer and French patriot. The Carrickfergus raid – his flotilla and several hundred soldiers briefly held the town and ransacked it for provisions – was intended as a diversion from an invasion of the mainland that thanks to the Royal Navy never took place.

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Ian Paisley | James Molyneaux | John MacNeill | Liam Neeson | Peter Chambers | Tony McCoy | Willie John McBride |

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Richard the Lionheart Captured - 1192, A draw in the General Election - both sides get 272 seats - 1910, Harry Ramsden opens 1st Fish and Chip Shop - 1928, Greatest Underground Fire in History - 1984
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