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Fáilte ar gu stèisean Drochaid a' Chòta!
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Coatbridge (Gaelic: Drochaid a' Chòta) is a working class Lanarkshire town set in the central Lowlands of Scotland. The first settlement of Coatbridge stretches back to the stone age era. The town was founded proper in the 12th century when the locality was donated to the Monks of Newbattle Abbey. During the last years of the 18th century the area began to develop into an industrial powerhouse. The town was a major Scottish centre for iron works and coal mining and had an enormous influx of immigrants in the 19th century. However the heavy industries linked to coal and iron have long vanished from the town with the last iron work in the town closing in the 1960's. Coatbridge today is known as a working class town anchored to neighbouring Glasgow. The town has also been notably described as “uniquely populated largely by people of Irish descent”.

The population of Coatbridge is 41,170 making it the 2nd largest town in the North Lanarkshire area. This is a significant decrease from the historical high over 50'000 in the 1960s.

The name Coatbridge derives from the 'Coats' family who have been resident in the area since the 13th century. Read more ...

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The St. Patrick's Festival in Coatbridge commenced in 2003 with a single event and has run every year since. The festival has grown and by 2007 it included an art exhibition, thearte, sports, music, film, street festival and dance events.The festival now runs for 10 days and ecah year the day-long Saturday street-party in Coatbridge Main Street with Irish music and Irish dancing is the festival highlight. In 2006 9'000 people took part in the festival. [1].

Guinness Diageo and the Irish government both sponsor the event. Irish President Mary McAleese visited Coatbridge in 2007. In 2006 Des Dillon's anti-sectrian play "Singin' I'm no a Billy he's a Tim" was performed at St. Bartholomew's Church hall.

The festival is planned and run by the festival committee. Councillor Tom Nolan is the president of the St. Patrick's Festival Committee. Dr. Joe Bradley (local author of a number of books on the Irish in Scotland) and Michael Reilly (local historian) are both committee members.

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Margaret Skinnider

Margaret Skinnider was a revolutionary and feminist who fought in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. Her part in the Easter Rising was all the more notable because she was a woman, a sniper and the only female wounded in the action. She was mentioned three times for bravery in the dispatches sent to the Dublin GPO.


Selected series: Coatbridge Neighbourhoods

Barrowfield is an area of Coatbridge built as part of social housing programme to allieviate the then chronic overcrowding in the town.


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