Thank you to all for getting in touch with the Council of Irish County Associations, or visiting our stall at Trafalgar Square on St Patrick's Day. We would just like to keep you informed of some news and a few activities being carried out by the CICA over the coming months.

The Council of Irish Counties were well represented at the AGM of The London Irish Centre Charity, held in the Kennedy Hall. At the end of the meeting. CICA life president Mary Allen presented a cheque to London Irish Centre Charity CEO Sean Kennedy on behalf of her good friend Mrs Margaret Brown, who is a regular benefactor of the London Centre.

On to other news. The CICA are revamping our 500 CLUB! Draws take place on the third Tuesday of each month at our meeting. New cards are now available and there are five more draws this year. Lines are available at £5 for the rest of the year with a chance to win three cash prizes each month with a top prize of £50 as well as £40 and £30 prizes.

All proceeds go to the Welfare fund, which provides hardship/funeral grants for people recommended by a county association. New cards are available from any CICA officer or through treasurer Michael Kearney: 0208  961 0874.

And now to golf! The CICA Culture Golf Classic is upon us once more!. It takes place on Friday 12 July at Mill Hill Golf Club NW7 3AL. Teams of four are available at  £300 or £75 for individual enrolment, which  includes a breakfast roll & coffee on arrival, a round of golf and an evening dinner. For further details, please get in contact on here or contact Gus: 0208 441 5114

Advertising opportunities are available with full page adverts in the brochure at £100 or half page at £50.

There will be a raffle, for fantastic prizes with envelopes at £10 each. All proceeds from this raffle will go to Tree House School Pears National Centre for Autism Education London N10, a very worthy cause. Tyrone native, Eimear O Kelly, a talented Camogie & Ladies Gaelic footballer who plays with Fr Murphy’s team, is a teacher there and with her colleagues are “Making the ordinary possible”. There will also be an auction on the night. Envelopes will be available soon from any CICA officer or contact Larry: 07944178879.

If you don't play golf but would like to support the raffle, envelopes are available at £10 each for some wonderful prizes. All proceeds go to The Treehouse School London N10, Pears National Centre for Autism Education. This school is run by a charity and is raising funds to help educate austistic young people, a very challenging yet rewarding operation: to use their own slogan "Making the ordinary possible".

And finally, news of our new correspondence address.The new CICA OFFICE
will soon be opening at:

The London Irish Centre,
50/52 Camden Square,
London NW1 9XB

This is now the official correspondence address for The Council of Irish County Associations - London  (C.I.C.A.)

We would hope as many as possible will support us, join your county associations, attend our cultural events or join our 500 club. A full directory of all county associations and their contacts is currently being updated and will be mailed out later.

We look forward to hearing from you, 

Labhras O Laoghaire

It was a very busy weekend for The Council of Irish County Associations, with most of the officers mingling with members of business and community groups at the St Patrick's reception at the Embassy of Ireland.

The following day our chairperson, Larry O'Leary, was a guest of the Irish Navy on the LE James Joyce, docked at London Bridge. The CICA ceremonial tricolour was handed over to Lt Michael Devanny to carry at the head of the city's St Patrick's Day parade the following day. READ MORE

Two of the older members of the CICA were called to their eternal reward, since the turn of the year. Firstly we lost Maura Fitzsimons, long time secretary of the Council as well as of the Cavan Association. Maura hailed from Milltown Malbay in Clare but was involved with Cavan through her late husband who passed away many years ago. Maura was laid to rest in North London in mid January 2019.

This month we have lost one of our life presidents Joe Fryday, a native of Dundrum, County Tipperary. Joe was heavily involved with Ladies Gaelic Football and he led a full and active life, until about three weeks before his passing. Joe was in his 93rd year and his funeral will take place on 26 March 2019 in South London.

The St Patrick’s Dinner and Cabaret on Saturday 9 March 2019 was a great success for the CICA at The London Irish Centre. In the presence of The Ambassador Adrian O Neill and his wife Aisling, a wonderful meal was served by Pat and Mary Masterson with fine wines supplied by Edwin Doran of Doran Vinyards. READ MORE

Fergal Keane presents a landmark five-part series charting the history of the island and her people from the earliest days to the present. This fascinating series on the history of Ireland featured the St Patrick's Parade London 2011.

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.

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