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Coalisland is located in Northern Ireland
Population 5,682 (2011 Census)
• Belfast 35 miles (56 km)
  • Mid Ulster
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BT71
Dialling code 028
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
  • Mid Ulster
NI Assembly
  • Mid Ulster
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Northern Ireland
54°32′31″N 6°41′38″W / 54.542°N 6.694°W / 54.542; -6.694

Coalisland is a small town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, with a population of 5,682 in the 2011 Census. Four miles from Lough Neagh, it was formerly a centre for coal mining.


On 24 August 1968, the Campaign for Social Justice (CSJ), the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA), and other groups, held the first civil rights march in Northern Ireland, from Coalisland to Dungannon. The rally was officially banned, but took place and passed off without incident. The publicity surrounding the march encouraged other protesting groups to form branches of the NICRA.


The town was served by a canal (the Coalisland Canal or Tyrone Navigation), although this is now derelict. A campaign for its restoration is underway.

Coalisland railway station was opened on 28 July 1897, closed for passenger traffic on 16 January 1956 and for goods traffic on 5 October 1959, finally closing altogether on 1 April 1965. There are no remains of the railway other than the bridge on the Derry Road and an old goods shed and grown over platforms.

Daily bus services operated by Ulsterbus go through the town.


19th century population

The population of the village increased during the 19th century:

Year 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891
Population 451 627 661 598 677 785
Houses 103 120 143 135 159 191

Census 2011

On Census day (27 March 2011) there were 5,682 people living in Coalisland. Of these:

  • 25.5% were aged under 16 years and 10.0% were aged 65 and over
  • 49.1% of the population were male and 50.9% were female
  • 93.8% were from a Catholic background and 4.7% were from a Protestant or other Christian background
  • 7.2% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed.


  • 1985 Snooker World Champion Dennis Taylor.



  • Gaelscoil Uí Néill
  • Primate Dixon Primary School
  • St. John's Primary School
  • St Joseph's High School

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