Ballyvoy (from Irish: Baile Bhóidh or Baile Bhuí) is a small village and townland in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is on the main A2 coast road 5 km east of Ballycastle and 17 km north west of Cushendall. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 72 people. It lies within the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Moyle District Council area.
The village is sited between a high ridge to the north, and the valley of the Carey River to the south with its distinctive terraces and wooded banks. The village, for its size, has a good range of commercial, social, educational and community facilities. After a long period of inactivity in terms of housing development, a medium sized development has been undertaken at Blackpark Road.
The order of the Knights of Columbanus was founded in 1915 by James K Cannon O'Neill to promote and foster the cause of the Catholic faith and Catholic education. He was born and raised at Carey House, Ballypatrick, Carey. He studied at the Classical School in Downpatrick, enrolled in St. Malachy’s Diocesan College in February 1872 and entered Maynooth in September 1875. In 1906 he was appointed parish priest of the Sacred Heart Parish, Oldpark Rd., Belfast.
He was greatly influenced by the social teaching of the Church and particularly the encyclical "Rerum Novarum" Fr. O’Neill (then Cannon) died on 18 March 1922 and is buried at the rear of the church in Ballyvoy. The Order pays tribute to him in May of every year by the celebration of Holy Mass in Ballyvoy.
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