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Comhairle na gCumann contaetha na hÉireann - Londain


Dear friends and colleagues,

I wish to take this opportunity to inform you of the funeral arrangements for our dear friend and valued member of our Association Mrs Margaret Alder R.I.P. The funeral cortège will arrive at Christ the King Church, Bramley Road, Cockfosters, London N14 4HE for he funeral mass on Thursday 10 August 2023 commencing at 11.00am. This will be followed by a cremation service at New Southgate Crematorium & Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, Southgate, London N11 1JJ. Afterwards, all friends and family are warmly invited to the Railway Tavern, 3 East Road, New Barnet EN4 8RR where drinks and refreshments will be available from 1.00pm.

For those travelling by public transport, the nearest station to Christ the King Church is Oakwood Station which is located on the Piccadilly Line and is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the station. Travelling by car, there is adequate parking in the church grounds & vicinity. The Council will provide a Guard of Honour at the Mass & we invite all those attending to allow sufficient time to meet in advance for assembly.

Our sincerest condolences are extended to Margaret’s family, friends and colleagues of the London Tipperary Association,where Margaret served in true dedication as Tipperary Association Secretary for many years undertaking her role with genuine friendliness and professionalism. We also acknowledge the service that Margaret played in her role as a member of the Council of Irish County Associations Executive Committee, where she was very active and greatly respected.

May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace.

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


Dear Friends & County Colleagues,

Hope you are all keeping well and just a gentle reminder that our July Council Meeting will take place at the London Irish Centre, Camden on this Tuesday evening commencing at 8.00pm.

Please note carefully that this meeting will be held in the Kennedy Hall located on Murray Street and the Hall will be open from 7.30pm.

Agenda for July Council Meeting.

1. Chairperson’s Welcome.

2. Condolences & Apologies.

3. Minutes of June Council Meeting & Matters arising.

4. Treasurer’s Report.

5. Upcoming Events

– London Irish Vintage Rally (September 3rd)

– Irish in Britain 50th anniversary Project.

– CICA 70th anniversary celebrations 2024

6. St Patrick’s Day Parade Update.

7. Any Other Business.

8. CICA 500 Club Draws

Date of next Council Meeting: Tuesday 19 September 19 2023

The Council wishes to extend sincerest condolences to the family of Margaret Alder, Hon Secretary of the London Tipperary Association on her recent sudden passing. We extend our condolences to the London Tipperary Association on their sad loss. May she rest in eternal peace R.I.P.

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

Darkness into Light

Thank you to all who participated in the Annual Walk - May 2023

We would like to express our appreciation of everyone who talk part in this very special event, raising valuable funds for Pieta House & their respective centres across Ireland and their partner organisations throughout the world who offer invaluable support to suicide prevention, counselling and therapy.

The London Event took place in three venues across greater London:

1. The Crown Hotel, Cricklewood Broadway,London NW2 3ED.

2. Clapham Common Bandstand, Clapham Common Nort, London SW 4 OAB.

3. Hazelwood : London Irish Training Grounds, Hazelwood Avenue, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 6QU

The CICA has a long and proud relationship with the event & your continued support is truly valued & appreciated. The official London launch was held at the Crown Hotel, Cricklewood. We hope that you all found the occasion a rewarding and enjoyable experience. We thank you all for your continued support and cooperation.

Six Nations 2023: Irish seal Grand Slam in Dublin

Aviva Stadium, Dublin: Ireland 29-16 England

Ireland won their fourth Grand Slam as they wore down 14-man England in a tense Six Nations finale in Dublin. Two early Owen Farrell penalties put England ahead before Ireland hit back with a well-worked Dan Sheehan try. England’s hopes of an upset were dashed when Freddie Steward was sent off just before half-time. Robbie Henshaw and Rob Herring tries either side of Sheehan’s second of the game ensured Ireland’s first Grand Slam in five years, and first won in Dublin.


ANDY FARRELL: The most popular Englishman since Jack Charlton. Proudly wearing green and leading Ireland towards the Rugby World Cup in France in September 2023. And spare a thought for a loving son, Owen Farrell scoring a conversion and three penalties for the losing side.


Enjoy the moment with one of Ireland’s stars of the tournament.




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.

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