Derriaghy, (/ˌdɛrɪˈæxi/;[1] also known as Derryaghy), (from Irish: Doire Achaidh, meaning "oak-wood of the field"), is a townland (of 538 acres) and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 5.5 miles (9 km) south-west of Belfast city centre.[2] The townland is situated in the historic barony of Belfast Upper and the civil parish covers areas of both Belfast Upper and the barony of Massereene Upper.[3]

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Christ Church (COI), Derriaghy, in 2005
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBelfast
Postcode districtBT17
Dialling code028
PoliceNorthern Ireland
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The listed Christ Church Church of Ireland church in Derriaghy occupies the site of an early church.[2] The earliest documentary reference to a church in Derriaghy is in a letter from Pope Innocent III in 1204. The Taxation of Down, Connor and Dromore of 1306-07 also mentions a church in Derriaghy. The records of an Inquisition in Antrim 1n 1605, indicate that the parish church of Dirreraghie was in some disrepair.[4]



Derriaghy railway station was opened in 1907 and is between Dunmurry and Lambeg stations on the main Belfast-Dublin railway line.



  • Cosslett Ó Cuinn (1907-1995), Church of Ireland minister and poet, theologian, critic and biblical scholar, born in Derriaghy
  • Philip Skelton (1707-1787), Protestant clergyman and writer, born in Derriaghy

Civil parish of DerriaghyEdit


The civil parish contains the following townlands:[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pointon, Graham E. (1990). BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 73. ISBN 0-19-282745-6. ,derɪ'æxɪ
  2. ^ a b "Derryaghy". Place Names NI. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Derryaghy". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Christ Church Derriaghy. A Short History of the Parish". Retrieved 21 April 2015.