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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



Following on from the recent change of Covid restrictions we were afforded the opportunity to gather with our committee recently to undertake the 500 Club Draws from 2020 and we extend our heartiest congratulations to all the winners. The Draws were held at the Mazenod Social Club, Kilburn on Sunday 23 May 2021 under the supervision of Mairead Liston (Chairperson) Tess McGuire (Treasurer), Clara Power (Asst Treasurer), Michael Kearney (Asst Secretary), John Connolly (President), Sally Connolly (Vice President), Kathy Slevin (Executive) & John Giltenan (Secretary).

1ST PRIZE £50.00  (113) Regina Reid (Leitrim Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (3)  Ned Dunbar (Carlow Association)
3rd Prize £30.00 (80) Longford Association London

1st Prize £50.00 (176) Aisling Edwards (Galway Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (39) Longford Association London.
3rd Prize £30.00 (93) Eamonn Cassidy (Meath Association)

MARCH 2020
1st Prize £50.00 (163) Sean Faughan (Leitrim Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (275) Breda Kelliher (Morton Church London)
3rd Prize £30.00  (119) Joseph Curry (Leitrim Association)

APRIL 2020
1st Prize £50.00 (3) Ned Dunbar (Carlow Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (108) Dan Keogh (Longford Association)
3rd Prize £30.00 (190) Robert McGuire (Waterford Association)

MAY 2020
1st Prize £50.00 (4) P.J. Maher (Carlow Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (45) Mary Gill  (Longford Association)
3rd  Prize £30.00 (86) Paddy Doyle (Wexford Association)

JUNE 2020
1st Prize £50.00 (129) Terence Slevin (Meath Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (39) Longford Association London.
3rd Prize £30.00  (28) John Giltenan (Limerick)

JULY 2020
1st Prize £50.00 (63) George Mullane (Fermanagh Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (16) Marion Giltenan (Limerick)
3rd Prize £30.00  (27) Gerry McCarthy (Kerry Association)

1st Prize £50.00 (57) Mary Ganly (Longford Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (96) Norbert Fitzsimons (Cavan Association)
3rd Prize £30.00 (163) Sean Faughan (Leitrim Association)

1st Prize £50.00 (97) Breda Harty (Kerry Association)
2nd Prize £40.00 (184) James Ryan (Meath Association)
3rd Prize £30.00 (215) Leitrim Association London

1st Prize £50.00 (118) Maura Eivers (Offaly Assn)
2nd Prize £40.00 (69) Sean Connolly (Fermanagh Association)
3rd Prize £30.00 (94) The Byrne family (Carlow Association)   

Congratulations to all the winners!


We wish to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest condolences to Tom Mcasey (Wicklow) & family on the passing of his brother-in-law Paddy Behan in Wicklow recently. Condolences also are extended to Clara Power (Waterford) on the passing of her uncle George Cummings R.I.P.  And our condolences to Kathy Slevin on the passing of her brother-in-law Michael Slevin in Donegal and to Christina Cahill (Cavan) on the passing of her dear father John. You are in our prayers.


Sincere thanks to all who participated in the Annual “Darkness into Light 2021” event, which this year took place as a virtual event on Saturday 8 May 2021. Members of our Organisation also took part in a Sponsored 12 mile Walk from Cricklewood to London Bridge on Monday 10 May 2021 taking in a host of great London landmarks and raising funds for the wonderful work done by ICAP & Pieta House. Sincere thanks to all who turned out and to all you who generously donated towards this great cause. Thank you!


The month of June marks NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING WEEK 2021 from 1 June through to 7 June 2021. The CICALondon in conjunction with the Irish in Britain will be participating in a Volunteer Video project to pay tribute to our many members who perform great volunteering deeds in a wide variety of amazing ways. We take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you all! You can view our video presentation in the coming days by visiting our FACEBOOK PAGE ‘CICA LONDON’ and the link will also be available on the IRISH IN BRITAIN FACEBOOK PAGE.


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 :

Tel: 0207 916 2222

Tel: 0208 563 8232


We gladly share a message from the Lewisham Irish Centre in S.E.London to announce that they will be holding an Online Fundraising Concert featuring the musical talent of Fiona & Jean Kelly on Sunday 6 June 2021 from 6pm – 7pm. Tickets are by donation and all proceeds will help fund the essential work of the Lewisham Irish Community Centre.


Best wishes to you all for now and keep safe, stay healthy & happy!

Kind Regards,
John Giltenan
Hon Secretary C.I.C.A London
Tel:07956 855957.
Email: johnglimerick@gmail.com


The ‘Darkness into Light’ event was launched at the Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood. The Annual “Darkness into Light” event will take place on the morning of Saturday 8 May 2021. This year’s event will once again be a virtual event owing to the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions. All are invited to take part in their locality. All funds raised will go towards the great work done by Pieta House in their work towards Suicide prevention and their supporting organisations in the UK are ICap and Samaritans Solihull. Members of the CICA will also do a sponsored 10km walk to raise funds on Monday May 10th and your support and generosity will be truly appreciated and welcome.





The inaugural ‘Walk with Hope’ event hosted by the Irish Chaplaincy took place on Wednesday 21 April 2021 and along with a delegation from the Irish Chaplaincy, Catherine Murphy from Irishradio.org and Sarah Finucane from the ‘Craic magazine’ joined members of the CICA London on this great occasion walking from the Sacred Heart Church Quex Road Kilburn and concluding at the Embassy of Ireland London in Grosvenor Place. On arrival at the Embassy we were met by the Irish Ambassador Mr Adrian O’Neill and Ms Isobel O’Connor First Secretary who gave the group a very warm welcome. They were joined by Mr Gerry Keany CEO of Cara Stationery Harrow who kindly organised a souvenir pin badge for the event at the request of the CICA London. Our sincere thanks to Cara Stationery for their kind and generous sponsorship.

Finally, sincere thanks to the dedicated team from the Irish Chaplaincy under the leadership of CEO Mr Eddie Gilmore and assisted by Ms Pat Gaffney who planned out an excellent route for the event and gave us all a very warm and inclusive welcome on their special day. Thank you to all our colleagues and friends and members who generously supported our efforts where a total of £1,000 was raised by the CICA London for the tremendous work that the Irish Chaplaincy does throughout England and Wales for the Elderly, Prisoners and Travellers.


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.


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.


Dear members and friends,

As we look forward to the Easter season we wish to take this opportunity to extend every good wish to all our members, county associations & friends for a very happy, healthy, and safe Easter. Once again we will be celebrating this special time in a very unique way, and we look forward to brighter and happier times ahead. For those unable to attend services over the Easter season in person, here is a reminder that you can follow with great fulfilment the services by visiting: ChurchServicesTV

You can tune into services from across London, the UK,& Ireland. There will certainly be a great opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the Easter services and you can also watch some of the services according to location and timings by visiting the www.youtube.com site and looking for your specific church where available.

I wish to take this opportunity to remind you that the CENSUS 2021 took place officially on Sunday 21 March 2021. I you have not completed or returned your census form either via the traditional paper format or online please do not hesitate in making sure that you avail of this opportunity.

We are pleased to report that both our Facebook and CICA LONDON website have made very positive strides once again in recent times and if you are a member of Facebook you can catch up on all the latest updates from ourselves and the other great Irish organizations across London, the UK & Ireland by visiting Facebook CICA London. Your comments and Feedback are always appreciated.

We wish to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to our members and friends & families who are recovering from recent illnesses and medical procedures and we wish to extend sincere best wishes and thoughts to our Life President Mrs Mary Allen (Waterford), Tipperary native and Executive Committee Member Mrs Margaret Alder, Mr. Michael Sills (Wexford) Life President CICA, and Kerry native Mr Vincent Harty from the Kerry Association London & CICA, who are all recovering after recent illness and procedures. Our thoughts, prayers, and wishes are with you all along with our members, friends and families. 

Finally before concluding we wish to take this opportunity to highlight a Fundraising event taking place by the Irish Chaplaincy who are long-established friends and supporters of the CICA London, who are hosting a very special event “WALK WITH HOPE.”

taking place from 19th – 24th April inclusive to raise funds for their very dedicated work undertaken by their organization. The full details of their event are listed immediately below so if you wish to participate or make a welcome donation to their cause it will most certainly be appreciated.

Wishing you all every happiness during these Easter celebrations.

Yours Sincerely,
John Giltenan,
Hon Secretary,
Council of Irish County Associations London
Tel: 07956 855957
Email: johnglimerick@gmail.com



From April 19th-24th 2021 people around the world will #walkwithHope to raise funds for the work of the Irish Chaplaincy. We want this event to raise particular awareness of the elderly Irish we support in Britain, whether living alone or in care homes, or in prison. We hope that many people will join with us in walking, whether a short distance or a long one. Let us know if you’d like to take part, and you can either use our Just Giving Page or simply do a walk and send a one-off donation. We look forward to having lots of great stories and pictures of people while you Walk With Hope!

This Proclaimers classic is being used, with slightly altered lyrics, for the Irish Chaplaincy’s Walk with Hope from 19th- 24th April 2021.


To celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2021, ‘The Irish in Britain’ have produced a series of ‘County Connections’ featuring representatives from various organisations across Britain & from each of the 32 counties of Ireland. Our very own CICA London Chairperson, Mairead Liston is representing her native Monaghan.

Through 32 short video profiles of Irish people in Britain, we introduce our digital series for St Patrick’s Day 2021 – We are the Irish in Britain: county connections. Each clip features someone from or associated to a different Irish county and together our 32 profiles take you on a virtual tour around Ireland. We asked our participants to kindly share a favourite spot from their county and what they would like to say to other Irish people in Britain after a tough year. Many county associations are part of CICA, so it is particularly appropriate to have its chair Mairead, a proud Monaghan woman, feature in our series.


Visit Green Curtain Theatre website: www.greencurtaintheatre.co.uk

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.




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.

LISTEN NOW (44 minutes)


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