Carrickfergus presented an easy target, though the small garrison offered a fierce defense. During the siege the defenders ran out of ammunition and ended up firing buttons at the attackers. When word of the capture reached Dublin, the Lord Lieutenant Duke of Bedford went with a small force of dragoons to Carrickfergus, however Thurot was able to hold his position for five days. During this time he was able to harass Belfast and demand supplies and a ransom from the city.
It was not until General Strode mobilized a large force of local militia and the appearance of a Royal Navy squadron off the coast that the French position became untenable and Thurot was forced to flee. The little French squadron was however pursued and was caught and destroyed at the Battle of Bishops Court in the Irish Channel, with Thurot among the dead. By this time the French had been forced to abandon their planned invasion and the endeavor played little part in the course of the war.
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