Lying in almost linear fashion along the picturesque north Antrim coast the grouped parishes of Ballintoy and Dunseverick represent one of the most brilliant jewels in the crown of the Church of Ireland community in Northern Ireland.  Ballintoy ecclesiastical parish is comprised of twenty-seven townlands, and Dunseverick of fifteen, both being located in Rural Deanery of Carey, Diocese of Connor.  The Rector of the grouped parishes is also acting priest-in-charge of St Thomas' parish church on Rathlin Island.  Figures for 2006 indicate that there are approximately 250 parishioners connected with Ballintoy church and about 200 who claim attachment to Dunseverick church.

As a unit, the joint parishes face northwards to the sea, the Scottish isles, Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre.  Looking to the west is the parish of Dunluce, while to the east is Ramoan; to the south they are bounded by the grouped parishes of Armoy, Loughguile and Drumtullagh, to the south-west the boundary is formed by the parishes of Billy and Derrykeigan.

Ballintoy Church

Ballintoy Church is less than half a mile from the town and overlooks scenic Ballintoy Harbour.  Mount Druid House, which is the rectory used by the present incumbent of the grouped parishes of Ballintoy and Dunseverick, is less that a mile from the town of Ballintoy and is built upon a glebe estate of some 64 acres.  Church House is adjacent to Ballintoy church and the local Parish Hall used at regular intervals by members of the grouped parishes, is but a short distance away.

Dunseverick Church

Dunseverick Parish Church stands on the edge of Lisnagunogue village, and is a short distance from the dramatic Giant's Causeway.  Dunseverick Rectory, now a leasehold property of the parish, occupies an impressive site about a half-mile to the west of the village. 

Copyright 2006  - Nigel G. R. Johnston M.A.


Ballintoy Church is located close to the harbour and village of the same name and may be found by taking the B15 from Ballycastle or leaving the A2 road for Ballintoy if travelling between Portrush and Ballycastle.

Dunseverick Church is located on the edge of Lisnagunogue village and can be accessed by taking the B146 linkage off the A2 road from Ballycastle to Portrush.

Rathlin Island can be reached via a passenger ferry service or fast-boat departing from Ballycastle harbour.  Crossings are regular during the holiday season with departures in winter being subject to weather conditions. 

The Rectory or Mount Druid House is located less than a mile from Ballintoy if travelling from the village in the direction of Portrush.

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