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8 December 2019
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Articles without such will not be published.




Lucan Drama: Red Alert

Readings for 2 0ne-Act Plays
Dates: Tuesday 10th December and Thursday 12th December
Time: 8pm
Venue: The County Bar, Lucan Spa Hotel

Lucan Drama will stage 2 One-Act plays in the luxurious Honora D Restaurant, Lucan Spa Hotel on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February 2020 and are now inviting actors to read for same. The first play is entitled Chocolate, directed by Jack C. Flanagan. The second play is entitled All in the Timing directed by Vini Casey.

There are one male and one female actor in both plays.
Newcomers always welcome at Lucan Drama.

For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or e-mail Or Phone Jack: 0860666626 or Lucan Drama: 0894900429.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound FM is hosting a Nollaig na mBan celebration on Monday 6 January 2020 in Kennys, Lucan Village. On the night we would like to pay tribute to local women who deserve a special Thank You, ordinary women who quietly keep our community going and inspire us with their actions. For further details contact 016109339 / or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community Radio Station!


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join - email We have an active Facebook group that you can join; “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” and Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan. We have a website too but we rarely get time to update it!

Free Online Advent Calendar: Sol Members’ Photos:
We are delighted to share our beautiful online Advent Calendar made up of photos of Lucan, all taken by SOL members. Each day contains the photo, information about the location and some historical information too. We really hope you enjoy it and make sure to share it with Lucanians and family overseas! LINK:

What Matters Most to you for Lucan’s Heritage? – Voting Open!
We have a quick poll up and we want to know what areas of Lucan’s heritage matter most to you? Please vote here LINK: It’s anonymous and takes about 30 seconds.

Update: St. Finian’s Church, Esker, Lucan & ‘Adopt a Monument’/Heritage Council:
SOL received a grant from the Heritage Council and Creative Ireland in November to pay for the recent Geophysical Survey and Architectural Conservation Survey reports of St. Finian’s church and graveyard. The process to apply for this grant took a considerable amount of time, so this was the focus of our work this month. The 2 reports have been forwarded to SDCC for review.

Pride of Place Awards:
SOL Committee member & treasurer Darren Tully attended the Pride of Place awards ceremony last weekend on behalf of the group. SOL was just one of many of Lucan’s groups involved and although Lucan didn’t win, being involved in the process and having the chance to meet so many other people was really valuable. We want to thank Darren for all the time and dedication he gave to the project on behalf of SOL.

National Museum & SOL:
SOL Chair Helen Farrell visited the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, to check the recorded finds for Lucan. These are surface-finds that the public report to the NMI such as pottery, coins, metalwork, worked stone, musket balls, worked flints etc. Shockingly, there was only a handful of finds for Lucan. When we think of the scale of development in the area, it is inconceivable that such a small number of finds are the true representation of archaeology in the area. It is very important that people report finds, even things maybe found years ago, to the NMI, as the location of these finds gives the planners an idea of the archaeological activity in the area. If a planning application is made for that area, archaeologists in the NMI can recommend a test-trench or monitoring, so that the archaeological record is not destroyed. Contact if you have any queries.

Upcoming Events:
We are planning Spring 2020 events; a mixture of field trips, talks and walks, and we will update the Newsletter and members later this month with the details. Committee: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Billy Sines, Darren Tully, Paul Butler and Jonathan Cully.
Contact us:


Esker Active Retirement Assoc.

Hi All, We had another great fun day at our club today. We started with the lovely Lisa Price, our Choir Director, bringing her monthly Pop Up Choir to Esker Active Retirement. Everyone absolutely loved it, Lisa did some amazing work with us and it sounded so good when we all blended in together. Lisa will be back with us again on Wed 15th January 2020 and the theme for our choir will be “The Beatles” woo hoo!! After we had tea and coffees, we had all our usual activities, scrabble, indoor bowling and cards.

On Friday night 6th December, we are having our Christmas night out and no doubt it will turn out as another big success with loads of craic and dancing.

Next Wednesday 11th December, we are starting our club off with Eanna Ni Lamhna, an Irish biologist and environmental consultant who we often see on RTE. She is one of the most interesting people to listen to and I’m delighted she’s coming along to give us a talk on nature and the environment.

We also have our AGM on 11th December so all members please try and attend for that. Our Christmas Party is on Wed 18th December, members only can attend. All our parties are fantastic and we have something special lined up for this one guys!!!

Now, for any of you who are starting to feel the effects of winter, the long dark cold days and lack of sunshine, come down to our club in January 2020 and try it out, I guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face. We have wonderful members in our club, so friendly and you will feel at home very quickly. We’re always trying something new but we also keep the things people like doing; bowling, cards, scrabble etc. Then we change around our activities from walking football to dance classes to choir so you’ll certainly not feel bored. We start back again on Wednesday 15th Jan 2020.

If anyone wants to join our club, either give me a call on the number below or call in any Wednesday to St Andrew’s Church Hall, we start at 1.30pm until 4pm. (We are beside the Riverside Café and Staggs Cycles)

Till next time,
Marian Egan
(Club Secretary) 086 1269 043


Lucan ICA

Tues 10th Dec: Crafts 10am to 12.30pm. This will be our last craft group morning of 2019. We will resume out craft mornings on Tuesday 4th February 2020, so until then have a lovely peaceful Christmas.

Wed 11th Dec: Christmas Party night – currant cake and great sport! Mary O’Hara will do some Christmas Wreath arrangements which will be raffled afterwards. Please wear your Christmas jumpers, hats, scarves etc to get into the Christmas spirit.

We had a great day out on Tuesday last at An Gríanán for one of their Christmas Days activities. There were demonstrations of Flower Arrangements, cookery, Christmas Decorations, Mindfulness.


We had a lovely Christmas dinner and high tea and were serenaded by the Mornington Gospel as we had our evening tea. Thank you to Mary Shanagher for organising it. An Gríanán was beautifully decorated and a full house of members from Lucan, Leixlip, Longford, Bray and Blanchardstown. We met lots of old friends.

We wish to thank the Lucan Newsletter Staff who print our notes every week and wish them a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020.

President Pauline wishes all Guild members and their families a very happy and merry Christmas and good health and happiness in 2020. See you all back in the Guild on Tuesday 4th February, for crafts and Wednesday 5th February for our Business Meeting.


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Hi all, our trip to Wheatfield Prison was a great success. We had a great day with a lovely meal and entertainment. This event was part of the prisoners Gaisce Awards and we hope they do well and wish them all the best for the future. Thank you to all involved.

Our A.G.M will be on Thursday 12th December. We will be hoping for some new committee members as some of our committee are stepping down, so do think about. Joining our committee and giving something back to your club. Our drama club will be performing their sketches on that morning as well.

Our Christmas party morning will be on Thursday 19th December that will be our closing day until mid-January we will give you the date for reopening on that morning.

Whist Results: Tues 3rd December
1st Billy Doyle, 2nd Brendan Ryan, Joint 3rd Miriam Walsh and Michael Bradley.
New session starting next Tuesday 10th December.


Lucan Men’s Shed

Monday next, 09.12.2019, will be the occasion of the last General Meeting of the year. It will be held, as usual, in the Seminar Room, in the Library, to start at 1830 and to finish at 1950.

The purpose of meetings, such as this, is to provide an update on various pursuits within the Shed and on other involvements outside. It is an ideal venue to ask questions and/or make suggestions about what you might like to do, were you to become a member.

This meeting has a constant attendance and could be a lot better. It is up to you, the reader, to change things by coming along to find out about the Shed, what happens there and whether or not there might be something for you. Light refreshments are available for members and visitors alike. There is always time for a chat.


Alzheimer Cafe Leixlip - Wednesday December 11th 7- 9pm

Join us at our Christmas Party at the next Alzheimer Cafe, Wednesday December 11th in "The Conservatory", Ryevale Nursing Home, Leixlip from 7-9pm. The speaker and the cafe organisers will still be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We will also have refreshments, music and a bit of Christmas fun. This is a great night to try out the cafe for the first time!

Attendance is free of charge and there is plenty of parking available ( - phone 087 7418512).


Quiz Night

In aid of local lad, Sean Russell
Friday 13th December
Ball Alley House, Lucan


Sarsfield Park and District

The Christmas Raffle will take place on Tuesday 10th December at 8pm in Kenny’s.
Santa will be calling to houses on Sunday 22nd starting at 6.30pm.


Anam Cara

Anam Cara South Dublin the organisation that supports bereaved parents, are holding a Parent Support Event on 9th December at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght.

This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.


A Festive Afternoon

Lucan Concert Band & Guests
Sunday 15 December, 3-5pm, Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley
Come join Lucan Concert Band for an afternoon of festive music.

Special guests are Lucan’s One Voice Choir, Newbridge Wind Ensemble and The Now & Then Production Company. We are delighted to also welcome soloists David Corr (Baritone) & Ava Eustace (Alto).

Tickets: Adults €10, Children FREE.
Tickets available on the door, or online via EventBrite, or see our social media pages: Facebook, Instagram for details.




NAGARHOPE Christmas Cards for Sale

€5 for Pack of 12
Six beautiful designs

Available from 191 Beech Park
Also available from the Parish Office.
Or contact 087-0666891


St. Mary’s Mother and Toddlers

The Mother and Toddler group have resumed at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Thursdays from 10.30am to 12 noon


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village Collins Butchers, Main Street
Lynchs / Centra

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Foleys Chemist
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro
Maxol Service Station

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


“Shine” Carers Group

(Blackrock, Co Dublin)

Carers Group Meeting - Mental Illness
The Carers of those who are affected by Mental Illness.

First Monday each month at 20.00 (2nd Monday if 1st Monday is Bank Holiday)

Centre for Living: (Top of) Carysford Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin

For more details see our website:


Senior Line

Do you need someone to talk to?
Senior Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people anywhere in Ireland - Freephone 1800 80 4591.
Senior Line is open from 10am – 10pm, 365 days a year.



Do you ever feel there is something better you could do with your free time? Would you like a new opportunity to do something meaningful and rewarding? Does your day-to-day work ignore some of the valuable life skills you have built up over the years? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, we may have the answer for you. Aware is currently recruiting for its Support Services. A three-hour weekly commitment that can and does make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families who are dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Aware will provide you with training and ongoing support. We need people who are reliable, empathic and are willing to commit to volunteering with Aware for at least eighteen months, to join our team. This could be a great opportunity to develop a new focus in life. Why not have a look at our website and read more about the opportunities available?

We are now accepting volunteer applications with training starting in February 2019.
More information and application is available on now (see ‘volunteering’).


Tús Care & Repair

South Dublin Co. Partnership
Free Community Service

Tús Care & Repair provides a free odd job service for people and organisations that are eligible within our local community.

Examples of work we do:
Minor gardening jobs (e.g. mowing lawns, trimming hedges etc.). Small painting jobs, hanging curtain rails, putting up shelves, minor DIY jobs considered.

Examples of work we do NOT do:
We do not undertake, construction, plumbing, electrical work, cleaning of gutters at unsuitable heights, insulation.

If you can tick any of the following boxes you may be eligible for this service:
- A resident in South Dublin
- Senior Citizen
- Have a long-term illness or disability
- Are referred from a support worker/health service
- Are a community/voluntary organisation

How is works
- You contact your local office and describe the job
- A member of the Care & Repair team will visit you and assess the job
- A member of the office will then contact you with a start date
- A team of two or more will carry out the job
- All work must be signed off after completion
- If demand becomes too high waiting list may apply.

The Care & Repair team consists of voluntary Tús workers who have put themselves forward for this project. They all are committed to improving the lives of senior citizen and people with mobility issues in our community. In order to reassure and give peace of mind to our service users, all of our workers have been Garda vetted and carry company ID cards.

We have excellent good will between our service users and our workers since the project began and we are always looking for opportunities to be of assistance within our community.
Some jobs might be too big, but never too small...

For further information please contact:
Tallaght Office 086 0270821,
Clondalkin Office 086 0424983

Office opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm
Main Building
Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
ACE Enterprise Park
Unit 10, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.




Tusla, An Ghníomhaireacht um Leanaí agus an Teaghlach

Child and Family Agency
There is an urgent need for foster carers willing to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old to provide short term and long term foster care.

Also Carers required for young people 15 -18 years.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents.

For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Ballyowen Castle Community Centre, Lucan
Ph. 0761 07 5090, Fax. 01 6217930

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 1 pm and 2pm to 4 pm each day, closed for lunch 1 pm to 2 pm.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) 0761 07 4000 – opening hours 9 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday.

Free Legal Advice Clinic (FLAC) on Thursday nights from 7 pm to 8.30 pm. FLAC telephone and referral line 1890 350250.

MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) helpline and MABS Mortgage Arrears Information Helpline are both on the same number 0761 07 2000 from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday.


Peace of Mind…

If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, tension, anxiety, mood disorders, anger, fear, sleeplessness, helplessness or hopelessness you are not alone. If so we have a way out for you.

Recovery Self-help Ireland is a support group for anyone who wants to re-gain peace of mind and reduce suffering. The members demonstrate a method by which they deal with the trivialities of everyday life without feeling overwhelmed by them. It gives you tools which empower you to overcome these problems.

Why not come along to our next meeting and try the method out. You can bring a friend.

Every Friday at 8.00p.m in Room 4
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Lucan R.C. Church.


Lucan Social Club

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland invites you to our Social Club
In St Mary's Parish Centre, Lucan
Wednesday mornings 10.30 am-12.30 am

Our Social Club is a place where a person with Dementia can come with a family member/carer to enjoy a cup of Tea/Coffee and biscuits over an informal friendly chat.

The Society have been running these Social Clubs for many years now and they are proven to be of huge value to both Client and Carer.

Come along and see for yourself......Meet others in similar situations to you, get advice from experienced staff and relax in a friendly, safe welcoming surrounding.

For any further information contact:
Adrienne Mc Avinue.... office.... 01 862 5706 ext 2. Mobile.... 086 838 1215


The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer driver Service’ is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. We are looking for volunteers from all over North and West Dublin to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home.
The service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid.
Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email


Age Actions Care and Repair Programme

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons.. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01-4756989.