Dervock (from Irish: Dearbhóg[1] or Dairbheog)[2] is a small village and townland (of 132 acres) in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is about 3.5 miles (6 km) northeast of Ballymoney, on the banks of the Dervock River. It is situated in the civil parish of Derrykeighan and the historic barony of Dunluce Lower.[3] It had a population of 714 people (302 households) in the 2011 Census.[4]

  • Irish: Dearbhóg/Dairbheog
Dervock main Street as seen from a clock tower of the co-op community building - - 104482
Dervock is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Population714 (2011 Census)
Irish grid referenceC978317
• Belfast51 miles
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBT53
Dialling code028, +44 28
EU ParliamentNorthern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly


The village includes a number of commercial businesses, a primary school and doctor’s surgery, as well as recreational and community facilities.

The North Irish Horse Inn, a listed building, named after a famous British Army regiment, the namesake North Irish Horse, and has military memorabilia on display inside, and there is also a remembrance fountain built in 1878.


Dervock born Ken McArthur won a gold medal for running the marathon whilst representing his adopted country of South Africa at the Olympic games in 1912 held in Stockholm, Sweden.[5] There is now an avenue in Dervock named in his honour.

Dervock is the ancestral home of a U.S. president, William McKinley. The paternal grandmother of U.S. political commentator Chris Matthews was born in Dervock and emigrated to Pennsylvania.


Dervock is classified as a village by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (i.e. with a population between 600 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2011) there were 711 people living in Dervock. Of these:[6]*22.8% were aged under 16 years and 13.3% were aged 60 and over*47.9% of the population were male and 52.1% were female. 1.2% were from a Catholic background and 98.8% were from a Protestant background. 7.9% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.


Dervock railway station opened on 18 October 1880 but closed on 3 July 1950.[7] It was on the Ballycastle Railway, a narrow gauge railway which ran 17 miles connecting Ballycastle to Ballymoney, on the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway (BNCR), later Northern Counties Committee (NCC), main line to Londonderry.[8]

Dervock UDA wall sign
A wall sign in Dervock showing support for the North Antrim and Londonderry brigade of the UDA.

See also


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Placenames NI Archived 2012-06-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Dervock". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Dervock". Census 2011 Results. NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  5. ^ BBC news report, "Kennedy Kane McArthur: Flame still burns for Marathon messenger"
  6. ^ "Area Profile of Dervock - Based on 2011 Census". NI Neighbourhood Information Service. Retrieved 2008-07-15.
  7. ^ "Dervock station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
  8. ^ Baker, Michael HC (1999). Irish Narrow Gauge Railways. A View from the Past. Ian Allan Publishing. ISBN 0-7110-2680-7.
Ballymoney (borough)

Ballymoney was a local government district with borough status in Northern Ireland. It was headquartered in Ballymoney. Other towns in the borough included Dervock, Dunloy, Cloughmills and Rasharkin. The borough had a population of 31,224 according to the 2011 census.

In May 2015 it was merged with the boroughs of Coleraine and Limavady and the District of Moyle to form the Causeway Coast and Glens district.


Derrykeighan (from Irish: Doire Chaocháin, meaning "Caochán’s oak-wood") is a hamlet, civil parish and townland (of 161 acres) in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 4 miles (7.5km) north of Ballymoney. It is situated in the historic barony of Dunluce Lower.

Dervock railway station

Dervock railway station was on the Ballycastle Railway which ran from Ballymoney to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

Dunluce Lower

Dunluce Lower is a barony in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. To its north runs the north-Antrim coast, and it is bordered by three other baronies: Dunluce Upper to the south, Cary to the east, and the North East Liberties of Coleraine to the west. The River Bush flows through this barony. Dunluce Lower also formed the northern part of the medieval territory known as the Route.

George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney

George Macartney should not be confused with Sir George Macartney, a later British statesman.George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, KB (14 May 1737 – 31 May 1806) was a British statesman, colonial administrator and diplomat. He is often remembered for his observation following Britain's success in the Seven Years War and subsequent territorial expansion at the Treaty of Paris that Britain now controlled "a vast Empire, on which the sun never sets".


Glenoe or Gleno (from Irish: Gleann Ó) is a hamlet in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is halfway between Larne and Carrickfergus. In the 2001 Census, it had a population of 87 people. Glenoe is in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area.


Kellswater is a hamlet near to the village of Kells in Northern Ireland. The name of the hamlet comes from the nearby Kells Water.

Ken McArthur

Kennedy Kane "Ken" McArthur (February 10, 1881 – June 13, 1960) is most noted as a track and field athlete and winner of the marathon at the 1912 Summer Olympics.

Born in Dervock, County Antrim, Ireland, McArthur was recognised as a promising athlete as a teenager, but he didn't pursue an athletics career until after emigrating to South Africa in 1901 at the age of 20.

After joining the Johannesburg Police Force in 1906, McArthur begun to take athletics seriously. Soon he had won the Transvaal half and one mile championships, the five mile track championship and also two national cross country championships. Should be Transvaal and not national because national cross country championships only started in 1948.

McArthur ran his first marathon late in the 1908 season, and surprisingly beat the Olympic silver medalist Charles Hefferon. He also won the national one and ten mile championships.

The Stockholm Olympic marathon took place in sweltering heat. Representing South Africa in the event, McArthur and his teammate Christian Gitsham ran together and soon took the lead. Confident of victory, Gitsham stopped for water, expecting his colleague to join him, as agreed. Instead McArthur ran on, stretching his lead and taking him to certain victory over Gitsham by 58 seconds.

In the next season, McArthur injured his foot in an accident and was forced to retire from athletics. He ran six marathon races (including the Olympic marathon) throughout his career and never lost one.

List of places in County Antrim

This is a list of cities, towns, villages and hamlets in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. See the List of places in Northern Ireland for places in other counties.

Towns are listed in bold.


Longkesh is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, near Lisburn. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 201 people. It is situated in the Lisburn City Council area.


Loughlynch or Lough Lynch is a townland in the parish of Billy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies about 3½ miles south-east of Bushmills and was once the site of a lake.


Lurganure (from Irish: Lurga an Iubhair, meaning "long ridge of the yew") is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies to the west of Lisburn and is separated from Mazetown by the River Lagan. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 441 people. It is in the Lisburn City Council area.

Once a year, Lurganure plays host to the Party Duck, which nearly doubles its population.

Millbank, County Antrim

Millbank is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is mostly within the townland of Carnanee, slightly north of Roughfort, between Templepatrick and Newtownabbey. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 93 people. It is in Newtownabbey Borough Council area.

Milltown, County Antrim

Milltown is a small settlement in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Derriaghy, about one mile to the north of Lisburn. Once a rural village, it is now part of the Greater Belfast conurbation. However, it is separated from the surrounding urban area by a narrow stretch of countryside. It had a population of 115 people (39 households) in the 2011 Census.Milltown is a local service centre with facilities including retail units, the former Derriaghy Primary School, Christ Church, Church of Ireland and hall, Derriaghy Gospel Hall and a Community Centre. There is a railway halt in Derriaghy, to the east.


Moneyglass (from Irish: Muine Glas) is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Moneyglass is near Toome and Lough Beg. It had a population of 103 people (38 households) in the 2011 Census. (2001 Census: 90 people)

Moss-side, County Antrim

Moss-side or Mosside (from Scots moss side, meaning "peat-bog district" or "district beside the peat bog") is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 270 people.

It is situated in the Moyle District Council area.

Newtown Crommelin

Newtowncrommelin is a small village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies 8 miles north-northeast of Ballymena and is part of the Borough of Ballymena. The village of Newtowncrommelin was founded in the townland of Skerry (now the townlands of Skerry West and Skerry East).Ballymena, Cargan and Martinstown can be viewed from atop of Skerry Rock, which is accessible through private land, alongside the back of the Skerry Inn.

Most of the housing developments are situated along the Skerry East, Skerry West, Windy Gap, Tullykittagh and Old Cushendun Roads.

The Orange Hall in the village was destroyed in 1996 by republicans.


Stranocum (from Irish: Sraith Nócam) is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The villages of Dervock and Armoy are nearby and the town of Ballymoney is about 5 miles (8.0 km) away. It had a population of 297 people (110 households) in the 2011 Census. (2001 Census: 285 people)

The village is west of the River Bush and is mostly on the gentle hill down to the river. Although mainly a commuter village it does have some services. These include a supermarket and petrol station, a vehicle service garage, animal feeds mill, trout farm, Bushvalley Primary School and a park.

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