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Irish: Dearbhóg/Dairbheog
Dervock main Street as seen from a clock tower of the co-op community building - - 104482.jpg
Dervock is located in Northern Ireland
 Dervock shown within Northern Ireland
Population 714 (2011 Census)
Irish grid reference C978317
   – Belfast  51 miles 
District Ballymoney
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT53
Dialling code 028, +44 28
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament North Antrim
NI Assembly North Antrim
List of places
Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 55°07′24″N 6°28′08″W / 55.12346°N 6.46899°W / 55.12346; -6.46899

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 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]


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, 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 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 Derry.[8]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Placenames NI
  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.