NEWS & EVENTS
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.
MOST RECENT EVENTS
Fhéile Naomh Pádraig
On Sunday March 1st, a large crowd gathered for a lunch and early St Patrick’s Day celebration, in Kilburn’s Mazenod Club. The event opened with some pre-lunch music from Eilish Byrne-Whelehan and the wonderful London Celtic Youth orchestra – Feith an Cheoil. This set people up nicely for a traditional lunch of Bacon and cabbage, which was beautifully prepared and served by Anna Redmond and the staff of the Mazenod.
Straight after lunch Eilish entertained us again, with a beautiful rendition of the proclamation, a piece in tribute to the people of 1916. This was followed by The O Connor- Hennigan Irish Dance Academy and their spectacular hurling dance. They were introduced by event organiser Larry O’Leary who spoke of this as a great tribute to his friend and GAA colleague Tommy Harrell, a former chairman of the London GAA and former chairman of a vibrant London Wexford Association, when he sadly passed away. Tommy’s’ son Martin is married to Angela O’Connor of the dance academy. And Tommy’s grand daughter even gave a hand in the introduction.
After that we had a show stopping performance from Gemma McMeel, who gave renditions of such songs as ‘Grace’ and ‘The Town I Loved So Well’. Gemma had everyone singing along! Following on from Gemma, we had Pat and Nick of Mustang to dance the afternoon away.
It was an honour to have the Ambassador of Ireland Adrian O’Neill pay a visit to the show as well as Limerick born Mary from Islington Council, who was representing the incoming Mayor Troy Gallagher, who was unable to attend due to illness. Mary will be the new mayor’s consort. We were also honoured to have as a guest Fr John Buckley parish priest from St Agnes Cricklewood, who is originally from Cork.
Larry O’Leary acted as MC for the afternoon, in what was his last event as CICA chairperson. He warmly thanked all those who had supported him during his four years at the helm and those that had helped organise this show. Larry is the Chairperson of the City Hall Community advisory Board and the Cork Association as well as Father Murphy’s Camogie and Ladies Gaelic Football Club and intends to continue in those roles, with renewed vigour and energy.