The year of 2018 ended up being a wonderful year for the Council of Irish counties - London. Thanks to the support received from the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs, we were able to run several functions and events. In October 250 people turned up at the Irish centre, to witness a wonderful show "Ceiliúradh" excellently compered by Gerry Mulomby and comprised entirely of locally based talent. It went down very well with everyone. It was great to see so many young  people in the audience.

We followed that up two weeks later with a networking golf day at Mill Hill Golf Club. This was a very big success in that we got a few new members to join their respective county associations and we raised a large sum of money for the Siobhan McCann Cancer treatment fund. We followed this up the next day with the ladies Footballers of Fr Murphy's and Tir Chonaill Gaels and entered a team into the Siobhan's fundraising tournament. Showing that the C.I.C.A London is making big progress in associating themselves with other Irish groups, especially young people.

In December we followed all this up with "Feile an Nollaig" where we continued our policy of networking with other groups, when we invited members of Mind Yourself and The Harringay Irish Centre, together with our own members for a Christmas Lunch in The Kennedy Hall of the Irish Centre. Feith an Cheoil provided wonderful music and a few of the Fr Murphy's Ladies turned up to help serve the meals. That ended a year where positive moves had been made to expand the CICA to other organisations and connecting with our youth, whilst all the time keeping our culture very much alive.

We start 2019 now and watch out on here for a flurry of events soon to be announced. Coming up in  March we have our Dinner and Cabaret featuring a specially commissioned show "Laochra Aitiuil " (Local Heroes). We will be holding our St Patrick's morning Mass and our Full Irish Breakfast, with the help of our great friends from Clonakilty Black Pudding, and then onto the parade where the CICA will be as usual in a very prominent position. Much more about this later.

Déan 2019 sa bhliain iomlán de chultúr na hÉireann sa chathair seo.

Labhras O Laoghaire
Catheoirleach



Come and celebrate the St Patrick's season with The Council of Irish Counties London with a full three course dinner followed by a fantastic show Laochra Aitiul ( Local Heroes). The entertainment features the wonderful Celtic sound of the Feith an Cheoil orchestra with dancers and singers, along with the wonderful voice of Gemma McMeel. The Dinner will start at 7.30 pm sharp followed by the show then there will be music and dancing until late. The venue is the resplendent London Irish Centre in Camden on Saturday 9 March 2019. Tickets are only £45. A wonderful night, not to be missed!
LARRY O'LEARY: 0794 4178879
JOHN GILTENAN: 0795 6855957

Watch out for details shortly of our St Patrick's morning Mass and Breakfast, taking place in the Irish Centre at 8.30 am on the morning of St Patrick's Day. Then the CICA's participation in the city's St Patrick's Day Parade.






In the beautifully decorated Kennedy Hall of the Irish Centre Camden, sixty five people sat down to enjoy a lunch and music, as part of the Council of Irish Counties "Feile an Nollaig". READ MORE



The CICA have applied for a grant to the Irish Government's Emigrant Support Programme, to assist in our efforts to promote Irish culture in London and the UK. We are delighted to report that we have received this grant and we are most grateful to the Irish Government and indeed to the staff at The Embassy of Ireland London for all their help and support. We shall in the coming months be running several cultural and networking events, so watch this space for further details



It is the role and purpose of CICA LONDON to promote Ireland: the four provinces and the thirty-two counties of Ireland. We provide a platform and a voice for each and every county of Ireland to promote their own unique character, history and special attraction. Promoting knowledge and understanding of our special heritage and culture is our fundamental aim.

The Council of Irish Counties Association serves as an umbrella organisation for overseeing the various county associations in London as well as promoting and supporting the general Irish community. We are ever grateful and appreciative of the generosity and hard work of all those active in the Irish community who make our work possible.

We actively plan and co-ordinate various activities and events throughout the year, the highlights of which are the London St Patrick's Day Parade and the Annual Council of Irish Counties Dinner Dance.

The Council of Irish Counties hold monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exceptions of August and December) which are held at the London Irish Centre, Murray Square in Camden. County Associations affiliated to the CICA are permitted to have a representative at these monthly meetings.

The Council also has an Executive Committee which deals with welfare and trust issues. The Executive Committee holds quarterly meetings, also at the London Irish Centre. We feel honoured to hold our meetings in such a prestigious venue as the London Irish Centre. The L.I.C. has welcomed many distinguished visitors throughout its history, including Bishop Eamonn Casey, former President Mary Robinson, former Senator Edward Kennedy, former President Mary McAleese and our most recent welcome dignitary President Michael D. Higgins.

We thank you for your interest in CICA London and welcome your involvement and active participation in future events. We are here, working for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEL: LARRY O’LEARY (LABHRAS O'LAOGHAIRE): 0794 4178879
TEL: JOHN GILTENAN: 0795 6855957
EMAIL: cica.london@gmail.com

 

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