Coleraine is a town in Northern Ireland located on the former borders of Antrim and Londonderry, now part of the Causeway Coast and Glens District. The city's name comes from the Irish term Cúil Raithin, which refers to a "nook of ferns" named by St Patrick. It was anglicized as Colrain, Colerain, and then, later on, Coleraine over time.
Coleraine has a long history of human habitation. Flint instruments dating back to nearly 7000 BCE have been discovered in the vicinity, providing the first evidence of human settlement in Ireland. Coleraine was a center of Protestant resistance against James II during the War of the Two Kings from 1689 to 1691. Coleraine had grown significantly during the 19th century and into the early part of the 20th century. This growth is mainly due to industrialization and the expansion of river ports. From the year 1980 onwards, economic growth has continued yet at a more modest rate.
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The town's main point of interest is The Diamond Square, which extends from a focal point at the center on the east bank. With a magnificent sandstone Town Hall erected in 1859, this area is always bustling with people. There are several options for indoor and outdoor leisure activities. There are also numerous parks in the area, each with a unique appeal for visitors. Lough Navar Forest is one of the treasures in the Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark. With several well-marked paths ranging from short to long that provide incredible views, it's an absolute hikers' paradise.
Located in a maritime climate, Coleraine has cool summers and mild winters. Rainfall at Coleraine is usually more than 100 mm in October. May is the driest month, with an average of less than 60 mm of precipitation. More than 1 millimeter of rain will fall on more than 170 days each year, with January seeing the most (18 days) and June recording the least with 11 days. November is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 160 mm.
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