NEWS & EVENTS

CELEBRATING THE VERY BEST OF IRELAND

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

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Rural Ireland, 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. Based on the renowned story Foster by Claire Keegan.

The CICA LONDON gladly promotes the Irish language and culture. A case in point is the award-winning Irish language feature film, An Cailín Ciúin ‘The Quiet Girl’ which will be released in the UK on 13 May 2022.

The film had its world premiere in Berlin in February and won two awards there. It also won the Audience Award and Best Irish Film at the Dublin International Film Festival recently and took home seven IFTAs at the Irish Film and Television awards in March including Best Film, Best Director and Best Lead Actress! It’s being released in Ireland on 12 May 2022. There’s a special preview screening of the film in the Curzon cinema, Bloomsbury, London on Tuesday, 3 May 2022 at 6pm followed by a Q&A with writer/director, Colm Bairéad. This screening is being hosted by Irish actor, Fiona Shaw.

The film is also being screened in the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith on Sunday, 8 May 2022. It’s the first time an Irish language film has been acquired for a release in the UK and so this is a very exciting opportunity to promote the Irish film industry. The film will be shown in Curzon cinemas and also the Cine Lumiere, London as well as other venues throughout the UK.

C'MON YOU GHIRLS IN GREEN

The IRFU are pleased to announce that it will be easier for fans to support the Ireland Women’s team during the 2022 Women’s Six Nations with their three home fixtures to be played in Dublin, Cork, and Belfast. The Ireland Women, under incoming head coach Greg McWilliams, will get their 2022 campaign underway against Wales on Saturday, March 26 (kick-off 4.45pm) at the RDS in Dublin, where almost 3,000 fans supported the team during their recent win over Japan.

VOICES OF IRELAND IMELDA MAY

Introducing a new programme that airs on SKY ARTS and NOW TV giving voice to Irish talent. It is a real homage to Ireland presented by Imelda May on her journey through Ireland as she visits the counties & places and hears music & poetry from the past and present. You can watch from 14 December 2021 and on catch up. A two-part series for Sky Arts with Imelda May see attached press release. It is being broadcast on the 14 of December and programme two is the 21st of December 2021. Dont miss it!

Voices of Ireland  is a voyage of discovery exploring Ireland’s most renowned literary legends – Joyce, Wilde, Beckett and the like – through the lenses of the places and spaces in Ireland that influenced their work.

Over the course of two hours, we will be in the company of these legends as we re-imagine their best-loved pieces for new audiences. Taking the form of a literary travelogue, the programme takes viewers on a whistle-stop tour of Ireland’s rich cultural tapestry and awe-inspiring scenery. Dramatic renditions of classic poetry and prose are fused with contemporary spoken word, music and specially commissioned pieces that reflect contemporary society in Ireland.

As well as traditional media like music, song, prose and poetry, we also commissioned giant sand-art sculptures and 3D animations, all coming together under the guise of Voices of Ireland. Colm Mac Con Iomaire composed the wonderful musical score. We introduce some new compositions from Stephen James Smith, a young group Banyah who recreated a George Bernard Shaw poem. And so much more. (From 14 December 2021)

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Here are some tasters of what to expect:

PROMOTING THE VERY BEST OF IRELAND

If there is one day that epitomizes the spirit and purpose of CICA London, then it has to be St Patrick’s Parade Day through the streets of London. We help organize and direct a fabulous carnival occasion. A wonderful pageant of colour and culture that exudes pride, passion and a whole lot of fun! It is a day that London turns the colours Irish.

Behind the scenes, is a year’s worth of hard work, organization and preparation. We thank from our hearts, all the endeavour and hard work of volunteers and the representations of each individual county of Ireland that participates in the parade and of the thousands of spectators whom flock to the carnival.

And 2019 was especially celebrated in terms of numbers who participated in the procession and those who flooded the streets of London to view the spectacle. And we must pay a warm mention to the ‘non-Irish’ participants who joined in the celebrations, particularly from the Latino – South Americas who provided such a rich display of colour, ethnicity and vibrant dance moves.

To capture a taste of the occasion, take a look at the many photos in our GALLERY.