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2 October 2022
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All items submitted for publication in Lucan Newsletter must have a contact person/number – address or phone number – not necessarily for publication.
Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wed 5th October 10.30 – 12.30, Social Morning in St. Mary’s Parish Centre.
New members are welcome to call in for a cuppa and a chat.


Sarsfield Park Residents Association

Thanks to all our residents whom attended our meeting on 5th September.
Main area of concern was the inconsiderate and illegal parking in the estate, contact made with SDCC local Gardai and St. Mary’s BNS.
There was an election of Treasurer to the post.
We welcome Declan Murphy to the role.

Next meeting Monday 7th November

any observations on the proposed Greenway need to be submitted by 5pm Oct 21st

Condolences to the McMorrow family on their recent loss.


Lucan Active Retirement Association

Venue - St Andrew's Parish Centre, Main Street, Lucan
Day and time - Thursdays at 11.30 am, refreshments served at 1 pm approx.

Our club is open, we play bowling, Scrabble and cards or you can just have a chat. A group of our members are having a holiday in Spain, we wish them a safe and enjoyable break.

New members welcome.


Lucan ICA

Monday 3rd October: Crafts continue from 10am ‘til 12.30pm.
Great to see so many more ladies back this week.
Tea Hostesses: Marie Trunk and Ann Byrne.

Carmel’s Chicken Scratching Class is going well - a lovely craft.

Get knitting the woolly jumpers ladies – it’s getting very cold in the evenings!!


Margaret still celebrating birthday on Monday last, we had a nice surprise for her with a birthday cake and goodies.....



Are you as quiet as a mouse?
Do you hate speaking in public?

Do you want to make new friends?
If so, then Lucan Toastmasters is the place for you.

We meet on alternate Thursdays in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip at 7.45 p.m. Admission is free for new guests.

Come along on Thursday next, October 6th, where a warm welcome awaits you.
For further details, checkout our Facebook @lucan.toastmasters or website at



Where: Lucan Sarsfields Clubhouse
When: Every Monday
Time: 8.00pm to 9pm

Two groups:
1. Beginners. 2. Advanced

Learn to speak Irish in a fun way.
Learn 20 new words and 20 new phrases each night.

text 0872331983

Cost: Donation if desired to Nagarhope

Fáilte roimh gach duine


Lucan Planning Council

After a long delay, LPC had a very high-handed negative response from the NTA saying no to all our proposals to solve bus problems arising from recent C-spine introductions, and persisting in treating people like parcels with three changes to get from Lucan to the Blanchardstown Hospital. This is in spite of the fact that Jack chambers TD in Blanchardstown intervened for us to try to extend the L52 into the hospital grounds like other buses. Consequently, as mandated by our public meetings, we have written this week to the Taoiseach, Minister for Transport, and Minister for Public Expenditure and have included them in our detailed response to the NTA on your behalf.

NTA refusal to acknowledge their mistakes has gone too far now and their suggestions regarding the former 25 route are completely impractical adding twenty minutes at least to the journey. Their attitude towards elderly and those with disabilities is truly appalling. If the NTA can't extend a route by one stop to a hospital, it begs the question what can they actually do with so much public money.

Further action will be taken and we will keep you informed.

Caitríona McClean, Lucan Planning Council


Esker Active Retirement Association

Well we had a great crowd at the club again this week, loads of activities taking place.

Our trip to Dungarvan is completely booked up for Mon 17th October.

I am currently organising our next full day out which is a Young at Heart Christmas Event with loads of entertainment, good food and wine on Tuesday 22nd November with McGinley Coach & Tours in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone.

We have already got approx thirty people wanting to go, so contact me by WhatsApp if you’re a member and wish to come along. Total cost €75 pp (drinks not included).

Next week, loads of activities taking place again. Take care everyone.

Marian Egan - Secretary 0861269043


Talk at Lucan Library - Tales from the Fraud Squad

Willie McGee, former Head of the Garda Fraud Squad in conversation with Seoirse Dunbar
Thursday 13th October, 7pm-8pm

Tales from the Fraud Squad takes the reader on a journey from Willie McGee’s childhood in Mayo to the mean streets of Dublin as a fresh-faced officer in the late seventies, before rising through the ranks to become Head of the Garda Fraud Squad. McGee recounts extraordinary stories of elaborate forgeries, outrageous insurance scams and intricate crimes – as well as explaining the ingenious manner in which officers amassed evidence and brought perpetrators to court. The former Superintendent tells his story with an open-hearted charm and warmth. Please contact the library to book your place, or ask at the desk.

This event forms part of South Dublin Libraries annual Red Line Festival, please visit to learn about all the talks and workshops from Sport and Wellbeing, Literary, Horror and True Crime, to Poetry and lots more.


Barnardos Calls for a Dedicated Family Support Service in Lucan

Barnardos Children’s Charity is calling for a dedicated family support service in Lucan. Established in 2015, Barnardos Lucan Family Support Servicewas set up a satellite service operating from a Ballyfermot location. Since 2015 the service has been funded by temporary funding from Tusla - the Child and Family Agency. The charity is now calling on the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth for a longer term funding commitment to fund a permanent Family support Service located in Lucan so children and families can avail of supports in their own area.

Since it’s fruition 75 individuals from 25 families have benefitted from the service. The charity revealed findings from an external evaluation at a recent event. The evaluation, which was carried out by Quality Matters and funded by the RTE Late Late Toy Show Appeal interviewed 18 participants, made up of parents, external stakeholders, staff members and children.

The findings were presented at a coffee morning in Adamstown Community Centre on Friday 23rd. The event was attended by members of the local community politicians and stakeholders.


L-R: Siobhan Greene, Director of Childrens Services at Barnardos, Maria Hayes – Prevention Partnership and Family Support Manager with TUSLA, Clare Deane Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Midlands, North East and Dublin City and Patricia Maguire Barnardos Project Leader.

Patricia Maguire Barnardos Project Leader said that due to the population growth in the area, the need for a dedicated service is more important than ever. ‘The findings of the evaluation shows the positive impact of Barnardos Lucan Family Support Service. However, existing and future challenges exist around lack of permanent funding, increasing rate of social work referrals and rising demand for services. With additional and more secure resources, Barnardos could reach more families living in Lucan who need help and support. Barnardos would like families living in the Lucan area to be able to directly access support from a project based in their own community.’

The Barnardos Lucan Family Support Service provides support to parents, children and families as a whole, to improve children’s social and emotional wellbeing and development.


Mother & Toddler Group

Thursdays in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, from 9.30am to 11.30am.


Canon Despard Centre, Chapel Hill, Lucan Village

Leixlip Union of Parishes

We have a few vacant times in our main hall if you or your organisation would be interested in renting.
We offer competitive hourly rates to Adult and Youth Groups.
There are also vacant slots in 2 other rooms which are suitable for small groups or committee meetings.

Please contact for more information


Morning Soirees in St. Mary’s Parish

Irish Conversation, Wednesdays: 10.30am to 11.30am:
Tea and coffee for like-minded people who want to engage in conversation as Gaeilge. Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all are welcome to join and take part.
(We apologise to those who turned up on Monday last for the Irish Conversation – Deirdre)

Photography - In the Parish Bungalow, Fridays 10.3am to 11.30am:
Whether you are experienced or just like taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

All going well the group will mount its 10th photographic exhibition physically in the Parish Centre on Sunday 6th November 2022. Each member of the group will be able to display three photographs and work has begun on their selection at our Friday meetings.


This week we have some more photographs from abroad. Josie took a very nice photograph of fishermen’s huts when she was in Costa de la Luz in Spain and after his visit to Sardinia, Conor has moved on to Croatia, submitting a spectacular photograph of sunset in Lopud, Croatia in particular. Lopud is one of the Elafiti islands which is easily reached from Dubrovnik. He also submitted photographs of a Praying Mantis which, despite the name, is unlikely to hurt a human as it has no venom and cannot sting.




Nearer home when he was in Clifden Paddy found some interesting old advertising signs to photograph. I was particularly struck by one that advertised a particular brand of cigarettes and stated that the cigarettes in question “Will not affect your throat”!


Another advertisement photographed was for the Railway Passengers Assurance Company apparently the first company established specifically to undertake accident insurance and which was in existence from 1849 to 2002. Clifden was the terminus of the Midland Great Western Railway branch line from Galway. Service commenced in 1895 and the last train pulled out from the station in 1935.


Until next week stay safe!



Older people need your support!
ALONE is recruiting volunteers to provide companionship and support through their Telephone Support & Befriending service for older people.

ALONE asks that interested volunteers commit to one set shift of 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Visit for more information.


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Our telephone number is 0818 07 5090

Our office is located in the Ballyowen Castle Youth and Community Centre, Ballyowen, Lucan

Opening hours:
Walk-ins to see an Information Officer

Tuesday: 10am - 12pm
Wednesday: None
Thursday: 10am – 12pm and 2pm to 4 pm

Reception open
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
We are closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8pm on 0818 07 4000

MABS – the Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State's money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over 20 years. MABS phone service is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm on 0818 07 2000


Age Action for all Older People

Age Action are offering five hours tutoring, remotely, to anyone who needs support using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, how to use video calling to see your loved ones etc.

For more information, please call 01 4756989 or email


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