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The Order of the Knights of St Columbanus
« on: December 20, 2006, 06:10:46 PM »
The Order of the Knights of St Columbanus was founded in Belfast in 1915 by James K Cannon O'Neill.He was greatly influenced by the social teaching of the Church and particularly the encyclical "Rerum Novarum".
James K. O’Neill was a native of Ballypatrick, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim where he studied at the Classical School
in Downpatrick. He 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. 

There are twelve Provincial areas of the Order. Area 2 consists of 10 Primary Councils resident in the Diocese of Down and Conor in Northern Ireland. There are five Councils in the Belfast area and one each in Ballymena, Carryduff, Downpatrick/Newcastle, Holywood and Lisburn.