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25 July 2021
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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Please Note:

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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Newsletter

We are NOT operating from the Newsletter Office at the moment, but leave your ads, queries or notices in the letter box at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, before 10pm on Wednesday night, and we’ll collect and look after them.

Alternately email notices/reports to any of the above addresses

Final Summer Issue Next Week!
Next week’s issue, Sunday 1st August will be our final publication before our 3-week summer break.

Notices for events for the month of August, including any for Heritage Week, should be with us by next Wednesday night, 28th July, 10pm at the latest.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound's virtual fundraiser festival is back this year - The Highdrop virtual festival will be streamed live on our Facebook page and broadcast on 96.4 FM on the 27th of August from 6pm. We are now looking for submissions from local artists, singers, bands, DJ'S, spoken word artists, choirs & dance groups. Please send a video of you performing to

Also it would be great if you could remind people to donate to our GoFundMe page after your performance. The deadline for submissions is the 31st of July.

Liffey Sound 96.4FM - Lucan's Community Radio Station or catch up on Facebook


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

What a week weather-wise this has been with temperatures up to 27 degrees so far at the time of writing. We might as well enjoy it while we can as temperatures are forecast to drop to more normal figures for an Irish summer by early next week.


The good weather has resulted in a bumper crop of photographs being exchanged on the Soiree’s WhatsApp group. We have had flowers from members’ gardens, puffins with their colourful bills, seals and examples of the beautiful flora of the Burren.


One of our members has resorted to still life photography in order to get away from the heat although he did have to go outside to collect the materials he needed!


This Friday instead of a field trip we are meeting in the garden of the Parish Centre for a cup of tea and a chat. Given the talk about a 4th wave of Covid 19 being on the way the possibility of being able to mount our normal physical photographic Exhibition successfully in the Parish Centre at the end of October sadly seems somewhat remote at the moment. So we will discuss what we should do for the coming 12 months.


Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID the enthusiasm of the members of the Soiree for their photography hobby remains unabated and their photographs will continue to give pleasure to the readers of the Newsletter into the future.


Until next week stay safe!


Palmerstown Camera Club

Palmerstown Camera Club is a group of local photographers who meet up once a week on a Wednesday evening from 8 pm to 10 pm. We have met this past year online due to COVID. We are a club with members of all levels, from Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.

Our door is always open to welcome new or returning members.

During the summer months, we organise some evening photography outings. Over the next few weeks, we have some exciting outings planned in the club:
Portrane at 8 pm on the 28th July.
Carton House at 8 pm on the 4th August.
Maynooth College at 8 pm on the 11th August.

If you would like to attend, please keep up to date on the Facebook page for all info relating to the summer outings.

The meeting point for each event will be posted on the Facebook page a few days before each event.

Palmerstown Camera Club adheres to Government COVID guidelines on these outings.


Collage by Noleen Kavanagh from our Howth Outing.


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

COVID-19 has changed the service we offer to the public. Our drop-in service is not currently available, but we are taking phone calls, answering emails, and providing a call back service.

Call us on 0761 07 5090, leave a message with your name and number and we will get an Information Officer to return your call within 2 working days.

Or you can email your query to us at and someone will reply.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) 0761 07 4000 operates on Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over twenty years. MABS Clondalkin phone 0761 07 2270 or email

Springboard +
I’m unemployed and I want to return to work. Are there free courses I can take to develop my skills so that I am more employable?

Springboard+ provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed (or were self-employed) and those looking to return to the workforce.

Courses are offered in different areas including information and communications technology (ICT), medical technologies, cybersecurity, sustainable energy and financial services.

The courses range from certificate to master’s degree level – levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Most of the courses are part-time and last for one year or less, but there are some full-time courses.

You can access a free Springboard+ course, if you are getting a qualifying social welfare payment such as Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit or the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). You can get a full list of qualifying payments for Springboard+ on

If you are not getting a qualifying social welfare payment, you will have to meet the residency criteria for Springboard+.

You can also apply for a Springboard+ course if:
You are a qualified adult of working age (under 66) on someone else’s social welfare payment
You are signing for social insurance credits
You are on an Employment support scheme such as Community Employment or TUS

To apply for a Springboard+ course, you choose the course(s) you are interested in on and apply online, following the instructions on the website. You can apply to up to 10 courses, but you can only take one course.

If you are getting a social welfare payment, you should notify your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office and check what further steps (if any) you need to take.

If Springboard+ doesn’t meet your needs, there are several other ways to go back to education.


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


Lucan Library

For information on events in Lucan and South Dublin Libraries, see our ‘Archive’ edition in PDF format. Scroll down to ‘Archive’, and click on the date


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South Dublin Co. Co. on Dumping

Household Waste Collection Services are operating and Civic Amenity sites are open.

If you witness dumping contact 014149000/


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open every day 8am-8pm, (including weekends) Please call 0818 222 024.