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CELEBRATING THE VERY BEST OF IRELAND

The Council of Irish Counties in London (CICA) is an established organisation which has been active since 1954 and is registered at The London Irish Centre, Camden. Over the years, the organisation has had an amazing history of supporting many needy people through its great work.

We are proud to promote Ireland in London and throughout the United Kingdom we are a leading voice representing the 4 Provinces and 32 Counties of Ireland.  The formation of the CICA is the affiliated Counties Association, at this time, our mission is to reach out to other counties to form representation groups or by becoming members or friends of our organisation. Through partnerships with community groups, charities and outreach projects, the CICA focuses on working together with other organisations to make a difference in people’s lives. We invite you to come and join our association to develop a strong networking group going forward to make a lasting impact within the community.

Mairead Liston
Chairperson of The Council of Irish Counties London

SENSATIONAL CITY OF DERRY INTERNATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL 2021

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Dónal Doherty

The sensational City of Derry International Choir Festival launches on 20 October with an unrivalled programme of world class, big-name live and digital choral events. With amazing online events, we thought your members might be interested in attending, tuning in online or even taking part in the festival.

This special festival (the only international choir festival of its kind in the UK) runs live and virtually from Wednesday 20 October until Sunday 24 October. Headline acts include the internationally acclaimed all-male chorus Chanticleer and award-winning vocal ensemble Tenebrae. Celebrating its ninth successful year, the Festival has been carefully planned to include a synchronised mix of in-person and virtual events throughout the city as part of an immersive programme of live and digital concerts, performances, workshops, podcasts, and other events.

SOUTH EAST FERMANAGH FOUNDATION

It is part of the CICA LONDON remit to promote and endorse good causes. South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) is a UK-wide organisation with  outreach in the Republic of Ireland and Europe that provides support to innocent victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The ‘LIVES’ project (Liberating Innocent Victims Empowering them to Succeed) is SEFF’s GB branch, with offices located in London.

The ‘LIVES’ project team has been operating since 2017 and is made up of advocacy workers, health and wellbeing case-workers and welfare case-workers. The project has provided support to more than 120 direct and indirect victims/survivors of the Troubles and we reach out to all who have been adversely impacted.

Those who have accessed our services have benefited from support directed to meet their justice, truth, and acknowledgment needs, as well as their emotional, psychological and physical needs.

Furthermore, we have just appointed two welfare case-workers who will be providing support with applications for the Troubles permanent disablement payment scheme.

SEFF is determined to ensure that GB-based victims/survivors have access to comparable services to their Northern Ireland counterparts. SEFF has campaigned vociferously on the basis of equality of access for all those innocents impacted by the Northern Ireland related troubles wherever they happen to be located.

We are reaching out and interested in opening up our services to more people who were innocent victims of the Troubles in NI and have subsequently moved from NI or the RoI to GB. If you, or someone you know, has been adversely affected by the Troubles, please get in touch. We are here to help. (OCTOBER 2021)

PATHWAYS VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITION by Bernie Joyce

This virtual exhibition by visual artist Bernie Joyce explores how the Connemara people and landscape inspired Patrick Pearse as a teacher, writer and leader. Pathways send the viewer on a journey back in time to when the Celtic Revival was in full swing. This was a period when artists, poets and writers turned their back on British colonial culture and looked towards their own Irish heritage. The paintings on show are accompanied with information on Pearse’s short stories, the Irish language and local history of his stay in Ros Muc on the west coast of Ireland. It gives a perspective on how the Cultural Revolution went hand in hand with the break from Britain and the lead up to the Easter Raising and the war of Independence.

Many people flock to Pearse’s Cottage in Ros Muc on Easter Sunday but due to the pandemic the commemorations are cancelled for a second year running. This exhibition has evolved with these changing times and its aim is to bring an alternative experience to people in a safe environment until the time comes that we may visit the cottage again. The viewer can roam through a gallery space and get up close to paintings in a social distant safe environment. There is a wealth of information available by clicking on the ‘i’ (information icon) beside each image which gives a wide range of local history. If you need more details feel free to get in touch if you need more information.

Patrick Henry Pearse (Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais) was born 10 November 1879  and died 3 May 1916. He was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist, republican political activist and revolutionary who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. Following his execution along with fifteen others, Pearse came to be seen by many as the embodiment of the rebellion.

FREE IRISH HERITAGE FILMS

The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film. The Collection features artistic and creative Irish documentaries. The Collection will be added to on an ongoing basis.

THE IFI COLLECTION

You can view for free a selection of heritage videos on the newly-launched global collection of films, the IFI Collection. These are available to stream worldwide on the online digital platform, IFI International.

THE IFI PLAYER: FREE CONTENT

WELCOME RE-OPENINGS!

With the lifting of restrictions in recent weeks we are pleased to announce the re-opening of the London Irish Centre in Camden and the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. Due to the continuous Covid pandemic activities are limited and require advance bookings. For further information :

LONDON IRISH CENTRE CAMDEN
Tel: 0207 916 2222

THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE HAMMERSMITH
Tel: 0208 563 8232

Hopefully, you may enjoy this brief musical video promoting the covid vaccine and encouraging us all to take the jab at the earliest opportunity. Please share this video to bring a much needed smile! And please sing along to the tune of Mountain Dew in the style of The Dubliners!

The video was made by Surrey Border Movie Makers. The club is an inspiring and dedicated group of enthusiastic film makers based in Farnham Surrey.
Kind regards,
Brian O’Connell

A NEW PUBLICATION OF IRISH POETRY

IRELAND CALLING - ARTHUR BROOMFIELD

The Irish Poet’s collection evokes memories of Ireland’s past. Irish poet Dr Arthur Broomfield has launched Ireland Calling, a new book of poems of special interest to Irish people residing abroad. The collection is written in ballad form and recalls stories, characters and events – some humorous, some sad – that will evoke nostalgic  memories of Ireland’s past. Love for his subject, for the Irish characters, stories and landscape, is the inspiration that drives Broomfield’s work.

Clare Bolger, Irish author, academic and literary critic writes: Broomfield’s poetry is ‘written in the language of the people, it digs deep into the Irish tradition of telling yarns…it comes  from the “deep heart’s core,” ’ as readers will note when poems such as ‘Planting the Spuds’, ‘The Fairy Bush’. The Rambling House’ tug the heart strings. Revival Press, Broomfield’s publishers, insist ‘if there’s a drop of Irish blood in your arteries, this book is for you’.

Arthur Broomfield’s Ireland Calling truly comes from ‘the deep heart’s ore’.  Written in the language of the people  it digs deep into the Irish tradition of telling yarns and bringing characters to life, through dramas and events,  that, in their telling, sparkle with  vitality, ‘spakes’ and humour that will draw those of Irish origin back to their roots, and for those less fortunate, open valuable insights into the Irish character. In ‘Making the Deal’ the young boy learns the art of buying cattle at the April fair ‘every trick and nod, every nudge and sign’.

The emigrant, in a sensuous Heaney like image recalls ‘the Cappagh soil between my hands, the smell of the dung, the sunset and the view,’ in ‘Planting the Spuds’. ‘Flour bought in Mansworth’s, buttermilk from the cow’, is ‘shaped round with floury hands, some upon her brow’ in a poem that aches with the longing for soda bread [He Dreams of Soda Bread].

This is Broomfield’s eighth work, not to be missed. Also, among the admires of Ireland Calling, is Maureen Culleton, the internationally acclaimed promoter of Irish culture, founder of Sean Cistin, Ballyfin, County Laois and frequent visitor to the United States.  She writes; ‘Arthur,a chara. Míle comhghairdeas as ucht na dánta stairiúla,suimiúla a chum tú agus atá foilsithe sa bhailiúchán. Seo Ireland Calling.  Go néireoidh go geal leat.’ 
Arthur, a thousand congratulations because of the historical, interesting poems you composed and published in Ireland Calling.  May you enjoy great success.

Ireland Calling – Arthur Broomfield: broomfield.arthur@gmail.com

Image of Arthur Broomfield – When A Visitor Knocks: LIVE ENCOUNTERS

A NEW PUBLICATION OF TIPPERARY HERITAGE

TIPPERARY PEOPLE OF GREAT NOTE - MARTIN QUINN

Tipperary People of Great Note is a remarkable look at 86 influential historical figures of great importance from Tipperary Town (Ireland) and district (all within a 20km radius of Tipperary Town) dating from as far back as the 1100’s through to the present day. They are all of Tipperary heritage, either having been born and raised here or having come to reside here. This book will be of great interest to people of Tipperary heritage in the UK. It includes several who emigrated from Ireland and others from the UK who came to reside in Tipperary.

Those with UK connections featured in the book include author and broadcaster, Frank Delaney, art historian, George Joseph Furlong, portrait photographer, Clementina Maude, British Chief Justice of Palestine, Sir William James Fitzgerald, feminist writer and organiser, Anna Doyle Wheeler and Westminster native, Major John Carlon Markes. Exclusive access was granted to the author to a prayer book which had been given to Major Markes by his wife and Tipperary native, Philomena (Ryan), which was lost when Major Markes was killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and recovered over 80 years later by a farmer ploughing his field. With the permission of the family, images from the prayer book and inscriptions have been shared in the author’s book.

Former Irish Minister of Sate and Historian, Dr Martin Mansergh has written the foreword to this remarkable book. Dr Mansergh writes that ‘The most important heritage of any area is its people. Irish people particularly are rooted in place, even when living elsewhere. For this volume, Martin Quinn has selected eighty-six men and women, mostly from the last three hundred years, from Tipperary Town and district, all of whom left their mark. A few we will have known personally. More we will have heard of. Others we are glad to learn about. Each biography gives a picture. Many of us will be stimulated to find out more. The book also includes a number of sporting figures including Olympians, one of the founders of the GAA and a Wimbeldon Ladies Champion.

Tipperary People of Great Note – MARTIN QUINN: martinquinns@eircom.net

Countess Markievicz – Irish Freedom Fighter: Synopsis

Constance Markievicz – Irish Freedom Fighter is a one woman play which follows the trajectory of the life of Countess Markievicz from Anglo-Irish aristocrat to Irish nationalist freedom-fighter. She was the first woman elected to the House of Commons and first female cabinet minister in Europe. Much of its focus is on the period surrounding the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland in which she actively participated and on the War of Independence and the Civil War which followed. As 2021 marks the centenary of the War of Independence I feel this play would appeal to anyone interested in the subject.

I am an Irish playwright based in Galway. I have previously written a one woman play about the life of Lady Gregory which has had 21 performances to date – mostly in London and Birmingham but a tour in Ireland also including a performance in Yeats’ Castle, Thoor Ballylee. I have also written stage play comedies and screenplays including a screenplay set during the Famine centred around the life and career of Lady Gregory’s husband Sir William Gregory.

READ MORE: PHILOMENA MASON

VOICES FROM IRELAND

THE FLOWERS ARE PERFECT IN THE GARDEN

In The Flowers Are Perfect in The Garden by Lucy Caldwell, a man spends his final days in a hospice surrounded by his wife and once estranged children, who have travelled far and wide to be by his bedside at this time. It is full of laughter and tears as memories often are and it is a chance for them to re-connect and re-charge the loving bond that had been lost for a time. They are able to come together as a family and as a result in the death of their father there is a birth of a family once more.

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ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF HOME

Broadcasting live from Monday to Friday between 1.00pm – 3.00pm and on Saturdays & Sundays between 11.00am – 1.00pm. The dailly radio shows have been featuring The CICA London County Groups & friends, in a very informative, entertaining and inclusive way. These will continue on a regular format.

IRISH PASSPORT IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL IN THE WORLD

The Irish passport is one of the most powerful in the world, granting entry to 186 nations without the need for a visa. A new study conducted by Henley Passport Index (HPI) found that the Irish passport is the sixth-most powerful in the world, ranking above the United States and the United Kingdom, who can gain entry to 185 countries without a visa.

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‘I am very proud to be patron of The London Irish Centre. The LIC does amazing work across London, and right now, they need our support. As it’s not possible to run our usual fundraising events, I’m thrilled that our friends and supporters are joining us for a little online fundraising adventure!’
– Dermot O’Leary, London Irish Centre Patron

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