About St Patrick's
St Patrick’s was founded in 1997-8 on the initiative of Fr Eamonn Sweeney, Parish Priest of St Patrick's Church, Coatbridge. Fr Sweeney gathered together local musicians with the intention of providing musical tuition to the youth of the parish and wider community. (Fr Sweeney is now the club's Honorary President.)
In 1999 the group became affiliated to Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and are now governed by this body.
St Patrick’s CCE are presently based within St Andrew's High School in Coatbridge. Classes are held each Saturday where children and adults of all ages are instructed on a variety of traditional instruments. The club is always strongly represented at each of the annual competitive fleadhs at the local, national, regional and world levels. St Patrick’s also has a strong social element to it and we run a number of well-attended ceilis and other events throughout the year, chiefly as fundraisers. The club and its activities are run on a voluntary basis by an elected committee, tutors, and parent helpers.
In recent years, St Patrick’s CCE has been invited to perform for various Irish groups and organisations in Scotland. We have firm friends within the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh who regularly invite our musicians to entertain their guests at their annual St Patrick’s Day receptions in Edinburgh and at various other events. In 2007 St Patrick’s CCE musicians were given the huge honour of being invited to perform for the then Irish President, Mary McAleese, and Irish government ministers during their visit to Scotland.
The committee of Coatbridge's St Patrick’s Day Festival are also huge supporters of our club and we regularly appear on stage at the St Patrick’s Day Street Festival, as well as providing the entertainment at the Festival Breakfast for the visiting dignitaries to the festival.