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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


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today confirmed a virtual celebration will take place for London to mark the annual celebration of St Patrick’s Day.   

Due to the impact of Covid-19 and national restrictions, the annual celebration is being moved online on Wednesday 17 March with a programme showcasing the very best of Irish talent, hosted by the London Irish Centre. The programme will include an afternoon community celebration of creative workshops, music and storytelling, followed by a programme of live celebrations hosted by Angela Scanlon and friends.



Dear Officers, Members & Friends,
Hello to you all and I sincerely hope that you are all keeping safe and well. Traditionally at this time we would be preparing for the Annual General Meeting of the Council of Irish County Associations London (C.I.C.A). In light of the ongoing pandemic, the health & government guidelines and of course the ongoing closure of public venues we wish to take this opportunity to advise you that our Annual General Meeting will be rescheduled for a time more appropriate in the future. We appreciate your understanding in this matter and sincerely thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Yours Sincerely,
John Giltenan,
Hon Secretary,
Council of Irish County Associations London (C.I.C.A)
John Giltenan
MOBILE: 07956 855957.


Dear Friends,
I hope this message finds you well and I wish to take this opportunity to help a dear friend of CICA London, Ms Anne Curtis of the Green Curtain Theatre London who is hosting this great event for children to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. This event is open to children between the ages of 7 to 12 years and may be of interest to family members. Children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and children of neighbours or friends.

Full details of how to enter are contained below and please feel free to spread the news of this event. Thank you in anticipation of your support. Keep safe, healthy & happy and I look forward to being in touch in the near future with further updates on the CICA London website. Just a reminder you can get updates courtesy of our Facebook Page “CICA LONDON” or by visiting our website at www.cicalondon.org.

Kind Regards,
John Giltenan
Hon Secretary CICA London.
07956 855957


'IT’S YOUR TURN' - a ‘craic agus ceol’ for children

Do you have a talented youngster living in your house? The next great actor, singer, storyteller or musician? If you do then you might like to know about Green Curtain Theatre’s new event.

‘It’s Your Turn’ is an opportunity for children aged between 7 and 12 from the Irish diaspora to celebrate their culture by performing something which links with their Irish heritage for an online event. This event will be recorded remotely from the children’s homes over the weekend of March 6th/7th and broadcast over the web on St Patrick’s Day. We hope that children from all over Great Britain will be able to take part.

We are looking for children who can:
– recite a poem in English or Irish
– act out a monologue in English or Irish
– sing a song in English or Irish
– play a piece on a musical instrument

You’ll find all the information, including how to apply on our Green Curtain Theatre website: www.greencurtaintheatre.co.uk/it’s-your-turn

Please note we need to know the names of those taking part by Friday 26th February  and that, to ensure that we have parental consent, we will only accept applications that have been made by a child’s parent or guardian. The children will need to be available to record their pieces over the weekend of March 6th/7th.

Email: anne@greencurtaintheatre.co.uk


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



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



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.




Sharon Horgan is a writer, actor and producer best known for co-writing and co-starring in the Channel 4 series Catastrophe with US comedian Rob Delaney. Sharon was born in 1970 in east London, where her parents Ursula and John were running a pub. They moved to Ireland when Sharon was three and eventually set themselves up as turkey farmers.

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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.


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.


‘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