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15 July 2018
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pictures of the churches in lucan

 

Fair play to Lucan Tidy Towns Group on their innovative way of providing water for all the beautiful flowers around our village – very hard work!

Interesting also to learn how Lucan Sarsfields keep their pitches in such pristine condition – see their notes this week!

Dubs take on Donegal in the first game of the Super 8s, this Saturday – we’ll see how this new system will pan out! Up the Dubs anyway!

Lily Whites are showing their true colour and grit these days – they face Monaghan in the Super 8s first round. Great to see them doing so much better in recent times. Good luck to them on Sunday!

World Cup coming to an end this Sunday as France face Croatia in the final! Next up is Qatar in 2022 – wonder will Ireland qualify for that one!

The Sun is still with us, but wasn’t it nice to get that little sprinkle of rain on Wednesday morning when we looked in wonder at the sky!
No sign of this beautiful weather abating over the next while.......

National Day of Commemoration
Lucan woman, Anne Graham was at the National Day of Commemoration at Collins Barracks on Sunday last – we spotted her on RTE’s News!

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She was there to pay homage to her grandfather and great uncles, two of whom never returned from WWI. The images she had of those young men brought home the tragedy of it all.

The Whileaways on the radio!

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Lucan woman, Noriana Kennedy and her friends in The Whileaways gave a great interview with Keelin Shanley on RTE Radio, Sunday morning last. Their third album is due for release next week, July 21st. Judging from what we heard on the air, this album is not to be missed.
We wish them every success!

 

Dodie Tree – Donadea Forest

Last Sunday 8th July, with the whole country basking in the heat of the wonderful sunshine, the cooling shade of Donadea Forest Park was irresistible. The forest which covers several acres of trees and a lake, is beautifully developed to accommodate visitors and their transport from bicycles to busses. One large area which is developed as a great fun playground has a range of games, netball, blackboard drawing, a great outdoor Cafe with the delicious aroma of BBQ burgers in the summer sunshine and lots of ice cream, tea and coffee. There is also a piano here where people can play a tune or two to show off their talents.

Walking around the forest walks imagine my surprise to come across this unusual tree just beside a wooden bridge close to the lake.

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Where did all the dodies and babies’ bottles come from and why are they there. I noticed some young children running up to the tree and pointing out their dodies clearly delighted to see they were still there. No doubt they give rise to much discussions and comment by the many visitors who come to the forest, especially in more recent years since the monument to the memory of the people who died in the 9/11 tragedy in New York is close by.

As for myself I think this special tree was the last resort for many parents who promised a child who was finding it hard to give up their dodie or feeding bottle to donate it to the tree where it would remain forever deep in the woods. The spell gently broken.

R.F.

 

Local Author launches Debut Novel 'Zetsumetsu Shima'

Best wishes to local author Sionnach Frost

The book is set for publication next week and will be available on Amazon and as an E-Book.

Brief Summary: The students and teachers of Swanlake Community College got more than they bargained for on their school tour to Zetsumetsu Shima, an ancient, recently rediscovered island. Masked inhabitants begin to pick the group off one by one, clues start to pop up and the group realise there is more to their predators than meets the eye. Mysterious, thrilling and heart-wrenching until the end, Zetsumetsu Shima is an enthralling new thriller.

 

The Treacle Sea and other stories

This children's story was written by Beatrice Aird O'Hanlon and illustrated by her sister, Jane Langwell.

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It is a delightful collection of beautifully illustrated short stories featuring Henrietta, a clever Herring, Mabel, a greedy crab and Olivia, a curious lobster, to name but a few.

It would be suitable for 5 to 12 year old children and would make a lovely gift for all occasions.

The Treacle Sea may be purchased from Jane Langwell at 087 2833490 at €11.50 per copy.

All proceeds from the sale of the book will to the Children's Medical Research Foundation, Our Lady's Hospital , Crumlin