Lockdown celebrations for Irish-born Falkirk folk on St Patrick’s Day
Thousands of Falkirk residents born in Ireland will celebrate another St Patrick's Day hampered by the coronavirus lockdown this week.
More than 1,000 Falkirk residents born on the island of Ireland will celebrate another St Patrick's Day hampered by the coronavirus lockdown this week.
Charity Irish in Britain said the March 17 celebration is still an opportunity for everyone to honour the values of kinship and community.
The organisation's analysis of 2011 census data shows there were 394 people in Falkirk who were born in the Republic of Ireland – and a further 718 from Northern Ireland.
This means people from the island of Ireland made up around seven in every 1,000 residents in the area at the last official count.
Brian Dalton, chief executive of Irish in Britain, said: "This year’s celebrations have made us seek new ways to stay in touch and honour the values of kinship and community.
"Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit."