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The Council wish to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of the late Michael Sills native of County Wexford, who passed away recently. Our deepest condolences to Michael’s family son Damian & Daughter Joanna and their family and we extend our sympathy to the Wexford Association London on their loss of a very dedicated and loyal member of the Association and also Michael played a very prominent role on the Council of Irish County Associations London and his loss will be dearly missed. The funeral arrangements are as follows: 

Funeral Mass will take place at St Mary Magdalen Church, Peter Avenue, London NW10 2DD on Thursday May 5th at 12.30pm. 

There will be a guard of honour performed by members of the Council of Irish County Associations at the church along with other organisations.  There will be a collection at the end of the mass for the PSP Association charity. Donations in lieu of flowers please.  Following the service all are invited to join the family for refreshments at the Claddagh Ring, 10 Church Road, Hendon, London NW4 4EA. 

The body will be repatriated to Ireland for burial in Murrinstown, County Wexford with final details to follow.  May his soul rest in eternal peace. 

Yours sincerely, 

John Giltenan, 
Hon Secretary C.I.C.A. 
Tel: 07956 855957 



28th February 1946 – 3rd April 2022

We are sad to share the news of the passing of Michael Sills, a well-known and highly respected member of the CICA & the London Wexford Association.

The London Wexford Association are very saddened to announce the recent passing of well-known popular member and President of the London Wexford Association Michael Sills. Michael was 76 years of age a native of Murrintown Co Wexford resided in Willesden, London. He was the son of the late Robert and Anne Sills and brother to Anita and Patrick and their late brother Victor. Michael was proceeded by his late wife Bridget. Michael travelled to London at the age of 22 and worked in the cosmetic industry. In 1972 Michael married his wife Bridget in St Mary Magadline Church in Willesden, London and had two children Damian and Joanna and had two granchildren Lauren and Malachy.  

Michael was a kind, caring considerate gentleman, a great character and always appeared happy and had a great sense of humour. He was a hardworking man who set himself high standards and was always guaranteed to get a job done which gave him great satisfaction.  He gave his time and commitments to many Irish organisations throughout his life. Michael first joined the London Wexford Association in 1969 taking up the role of Registrar. Years later he became Treasurer and then served many years as Chairman to lead the association to great success. He would give his time and support to other committees, such as The Fr Murphy Youth Club and was an avid member of Fr Murphy Hurling Club, The London Irish Festival, The London Irish Centre, The Council of Irish Counties Association and the Gladstone Park Allotment Association.  

Michael was easy to get along with and always had a good word for everyone. Michael also had a serious side to him and did not suffer fools easily. People would have called on Michael for advice as he had a vast range of knowledge and experience of various topics. He was always game for a laugh and would have pulled a few tricks in his time, although his light-hearted humour never caused any upset or offence.  Michael loved to spend time working on his allotment and would have produced a few spuds and cabbages in his time and would share them amongst family and friends. Many a story would have been told at the tea shed in the allotment amongst his friends and fellow gardeners. 

In 1983 Michael was one of the founders of The Wexford Darts League which is still going strong. Michael’s great love in life was for his family and friends, music and sport.  He had a fond love for Country music which he would listen to on a daily basis on South East Radio and ICMR Radio.  Michael loved the challenge of the quiz nights and had a tremendous passion for the GAA. He enjoyed watching or listening to the hurling and football and rugby games and would always look forward to hearing the results.  

Michael was a modest man and picked up a few awards in his time The Wexford Person of the year award and Achievement award in Wexford to name but a few. Unfortunately, in the last few years of his life Michael suffered ill health with Super Nuclear Palsy which left him wheelchair bound, but he still fought on courageously.  

Michael will be sorely missed by his family and large circle of friends, as he had made such a positive impact on many people’s lives. London Wexford Association Chairperson Lucia Butler says “Michael was a very sincere loyal honest gentleman who worked extremely hard for the benefit of the association. He never forgot his roots a proud Wexford man. We are all very grateful and will continue to build and promote the association to ensure its continued success” 

 We would like to express our sincere condolences to his son Damian and his partner Anna and his daughter Joanna his sister Anita and brother Patrick and his grandchildren Lauren and Malachy and all his family and friends. 

May his gentle soul Rest In eternal Peace.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

ST PATRICK’S PARADE  Sunday 13 March 2022

Dear Officers, Members & County Colleagues,

I hope that you are all keeping well and enjoyed a truly fantastic celebration of St Patrick at the London Parade 2022. Firstly, our sincere thanks to all who joined us yesterday at the Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, Kilburn for the St Patrick’s mass which was celebrated with great style and true devotion by Fr Terry Murray PP and concelebrated in the company of Fr Gerry McFlynn from the Irish Chaplaincy. Finally a special word of gratitude to our members & guests who carried the County Flags at the mass.

In keeping with the theme of Ireland, Islington Council, in partnership with the London Irish Centre Camden, has honoured their historic year of having elected their first ever Irish born Mayor Cllr Troy Gallagher with a series of events over the past few weeks to showcase Irish culture & heritage across the Borough of Islington.

Thanking you all for your continued support and cooperation and finally I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the great winners at the Cheltenham Racing Festival & wish our Irish Ruby team every success in the Six Nations.

Yours Sincerely,
John Giltenan,
Hon Secretary CICA London.
Mobile: 07956 855957



We congratulate our newly elected Officers and Committee Members and thank sincerely our outgoing members for their support and cooperation. Finally our thanks to the London Irish Centre Camden for their cooperation and to members Sally Connolly & Tess McGuire for providing the wonderful soda bread, cakes and cupcakes which were enjoyed by the attendees.


Yours sincerely,
John Giltenan,
Hon Secretary,
CICA London,
Tel: 07956 855957.
Email: johnglimerick@gmail.com.



BOOK PROMOTION: LOOKING AHEAD with HOPE: Stories of Humanity, wonder and gratitude in a time of uncertainty. By Eddie Gilmore, CEO Irish Chaplaincy UK.

‘The Irish Chaplaincy in London has been a good and faithful friend to many Irish over the years. It’s charism of care has been nurtured by a succession of kindly, prayerful leaders both lay and clerical among them Eddie Gilmore whose very personal memoir gives a flavour of what it means to truly accompany others like Christ through life’s ups and downs.’ – Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland

Looking Ahead with Hope is a collection of short, inter-connected pieces written over a three-year period in which Eddie Gilmore has worked as CEO for the Irish Chaplaincy, a charity which supports Irish people in Britain, including prisoners, Travellers and Seniors. At the heart of Eddie’s book, which weaves together his visits to prisons, care homes and monasteries with travels further afield – pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain, walking retreats in the French Alps, and meetings and events in Ireland – are encounters with a host of characters, which touch and transform and which reveal our deep connections with one another. These are stories of wonder, reflections on faith and on the human condition, with a frequent refrain of gratitude, and of hope.

Eddie Gilmore has been CEO of the Irish Chaplaincy since 2017, before which he was a member of L’Arche for 28 years. He writes regularly for a number of publications including Catholic Times, Intercom (the journal of the Irish Catholic Bishops), and Independent Catholic News.



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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