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22 September 2019
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Lucan Harriers Fundraiser Quiz Night

On Thursday 26th September, at 8pm
In Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club

€40 per Table of 4
Quiz Master Pat Gibson – BBC Eggheads Panellist / Winner – Who wants to be a Millionaire
Prizes / Raffle
Tickets available from club members or on the door


Charity Concert for CASA Caring & Sharing Association

is on Tuesday 24th September 2019 in the Draíocht Blanchardstown at 8pm . Tickets €15.
A fantastic concert celebration the life and times of Percy French, which every age group will enjoy and also supporting a great charity.
For tickets contact Draíocht Box Office 01 8852622.


Lucan Girl Guides

Hello. My name is Emma. I am a 13 year old girl in Lucan Girl Guides. We meet every Monday at half 6 to 8 in the Junior hall St. Thomas’s JNS. Only 3 Euro every week! Guides is from age 10-14. Every week we do something different. Arts and Crafts, sports, outdoor skills, teamwork challenges, etc. We also help out locally by helping out with Tidy Towns Lucan.

Every year we go camping. On our last camping trip we went to Rosslare in Co.Wexford. We did pioneering, archery, kayaking and loads more. All the girls had great fun.

We hope to see some new faces at our next meeting!
Contact 086 841 7781 for more information.



Lucan Drama is blasting into Autumn with passion and humour as they bring two award-winning comedies to the stage in November. These are two unmissable pieces of theatre.

The first play is a clever parody, richly humorous entitled SHAKESPEARE IS A DICK by MARK KENNEALLY, directed by Janet Mc Kennedy. WALLY hails from small-town Georgia and ridicules Shakespeare. This has hilarious repercussions as The MAESTRO seeks revenge by placing a curse on Wally, causing him to be able to speak only in Shakespearean verse. Chaotic comedy with undertones of pathos and romance ensue.

The second One-Act is A LITTLE BOX OF OBLIVION by STEPHEN BEAN directed by Carol Ryan. A Woman hurries into a park and places a box on a park bench beside Cool Guy with strict instructions not to move it or touch it. A motley array of characters, on passing by offer an opinion about the contents of the box.

This is a play offering superb comedy and holds the audience on tenderhooks until the very end of the play. Another unmissable drama.

Both of these plays will be staged in LUCAN SPA HOTEL in mid-NOVEMBER.

For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or email
Or Phone: Marie 0864090903 or Lucan Drama 0894900429.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound are having a fundraising concert on Friday the 4th of October in St. Andrews Church in Lucan at 8pm. Music will be provided by the wonderful "Highly Strung". Their music is an acoustic blend of classical, contemporary, traditional and anything in between. Their combination of harp, flute, violin and voice makes them truly unique! Tickets are 10 euro and are available at the radio station by phoning 01 6109339 or emailing the Station Manager

Please come along for a great night of entertainment and to support Lucan's Community radio station. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Lucan Men’s Shed

After a 6-week break our shed re-opened on Monday 09th September. We are open Mon. - Friday, 10am to 2pm.

We plan to complete our upper floor, creating a comfortable space where members can socialise. To this end we have purchased board games, including Scrabble, Chess and Draughts, for use by all members.

Our ground floor requires preparatory work and rewiring before being fitted out. This is not a major problem as we currently do not have the funds to make significant purchases.

We are reviewing our constitution at present, seeking to amend and improve it to better reflect our members’ needs and wishes. We propose distributing the current Constitution to members, by e-mail 2 weeks before the AGM. Any proposed amendments must be received at our e-mail address,, no later than 3 days before our AGM. Proposed amendments or additions to our Constitution will be presented, discussed and decided upon at our AGM.

Our current Constitution requires that the committee consists of 5 members, 3 officers and 2 ordinary members. We have been operating for some time 4 committee members and this needs to be addressed.

We urgently need 1-2 additional committee members as we anticipate that some current committee members will be seeking a changed role. Why not you…?

Our 2019 AGM will be held on Wednesday 09th October 2019, 18.30 to 19.50 in Lucan Library. Attendance at this meeting is strictly limited to paid-up members.

We are contactable at our shed, rear of IWA premises, or online at


Ahmadiyya Muslim Association 5k Charity Walk

The Association held its 5th Annual Charity walk in Salthill, Galway on the 15th September. These 5K charity walks have become a regular feature of their calendar in recent years, and have raised over €25,000 for local charities since its inception. The Walk was a great success, with the help of a team of volunteers who worked to ensure everything went smoothly.


Lucan ICA

Tuesday 24th: Crafts in Room 4, Parish Centre, 10am – 12.30pm
Wednesday 25th: No meeting as we are going to Carlingford next day
Thursday 26th: Trip to Carlingford, meet at lay-by 8.45am sharp. Return to lay-by by 8pm approx.


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wednesday 25th: We have a talk on “Safety in the Home” presented by Tom Doolin of Dublin Fire Brigade.

We meet in St Mary’s Parish Centre, every Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm.
All are welcome to attend.


Coffee Morning

in aid of Ataxia Foundation Ireland
will be hosted by Joan Dillon at Brookfield, Esker Lane, Lucan
Thursday 3rd October
10.30am – 1pm and 7pm to 9pm

Your support will be very much appreciated.
Ita and Tom Kelleher


Morning Soirées

in St Mary’s Parish Centre
Soirees are Free, there is no charge

Mondays 10:30am - 11:30am – French conversation:
Starting Back: Monday the 30th September 2019

Tea and Coffee for like-minded people who want to engage in conversation en français
Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all our welcome to join in and take part in our morning of parler français

Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:30am, Irish conversation.
Tea and coffee for like-minded people who want to engage in conversation as gaeilge. All are welcome to join in for a cupán tae and cúpla focail.

Thursdays 10:30am - 11:30am Genealogy:
Starting Back: Thursday 26th September 2019

Are you interested in finding your heritage? We will put you on the right path to finding your family’s past and tracing your roots over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Fridays 10:30am - 11:30am Photography
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.


The Irish Pilgrimage Trust

are holding a fundraising event to raise much needed funds for the above
The Songs & Poems of Percy French Concert
will be held in Westmanstown Conference & Events Centre, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 on October 16th.
Please contact Jen on 087 124 2134 for further information.


Vacancy Organist/Choir Director

A vacancy has arisen for an Organist/Choir Director in the parish of St Philomena’s, Palmerstown. We are seeking applications from musicians with extensive knowledge of liturgical music.

Essential Requirements:
The Organist/Choir Director will be required to play the organ at the Saturday 6m Vigil Mass.
Attend the weekly choir practice on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm
Availability for Christmas Eve Mass at 9pm
Availability for Holy Week Ceremonies
The Organist/Choir Director may be required to attend rehearsals and other Masses throughout the year.

The position is being offered on a contract for services basis. Payment of fees will be based on the National Guidelines for Church Musicians.
Commencement date - Sat. 2nd November 2019

Please send application before 5pm, 4th Oct.
to: Canon Anthony Reilly, Parochial House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, D20 PW58.


Koins for Kids - September 2019

The main aim of Koins for Kids is to raise funds for Specialist Machinery like MRI and Cat Scans which can be used in the new Childrens Hosptial when built.

Our aim is to raise €1 million.
To date we have in excess of €125,000. Many people, many groups and families have all donated old coins, foreign coins, 1c and 2c coins (and more!). We can make use of it all.

The people of Lucan have been so generous in donation in excess of €5,000 to date. Thank you all so much, most have been anonymous donations, but a sincere thank you to everyone who has given even a little bit.

We are always available to accept donations through St Mary’s Parish Office or Sacristy. A good home can be found for coinage or money of all sorts, Euro, old Punts, Sterling, Polish, US currency, Lira, Franc’s, anything that people no longer use or need or want to clear out from a jar or shelf or old drawer or pocket.

Thank you all so much for your generosity.
Damien Douglas (on behalf of Koins for Kids)

P.S. As we write this, I have over €300 in coin and 20kgs of other currencies ready to be brought to Koins for Kids along with lots of paper money which can be repatriated to their own countries.


Swim for RESPECT
Calling All Teams / Families / Individuals
Sunday 6th October at Aura De Paul Swimming Pool, Navan Road
All monies go towards the refurbishment of a community house on the Cabra Road
For more Information please contact 01-6856502 /



Where: Lucan Sarsfields Clubhouse
When: Every Monday – Starting Monday Sept 23
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.
Cost: Donation if desired to Nagarhope
Fáilte roimh gach duine


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


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556

Christmas Craft and Food Fair and Family Day in conjunction with K.C.C. Sat 23 Sun 24 November. Stands €65.

Soccer Players aged 55 – 75 years wanted for our “Walking Indoor Soccer” which takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm

Fancy a game of traditional “Whist/ 25s”? Whist / 25s Card Games and social night at the centre every Monday at 8.30pm.Phone Mary at 01 6288174


Diabetes Care

Free Structured Dietetic Care & Education Programme For People With Type 2 Diabetes!
Community Dietitians are running X-PERT, a 6 week group programme that provides dietetic care and diabetes education.

DESMOND is a 6 hour programme to learn more about your Type 2 Diabetes.

Please call Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Education Co-ordinator on 076 6958054for more information and to book your place.


People’s Art & Craft Fair Lucan 2019

Open call for artists and crafters to Participate in this year’s “People’s Art & Craft Fair”, Saturday Oct. 12th- Sunday Oct.13th.

The venue is Church of Ireland Parish Centre & St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Lucan. The fee for the weekend for artists is €45 per stand and €45 per 6ft table for crafters.
Please contact us at for a booking form as soon as possible as places will fill up quickly and we have limited space.
We look forward to hearing from you


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu) Upr Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
September 22nd – Chris Dallat

Contact No: 01-6166981


Age Action – For all older people

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?
Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!)

Learn How to:
Search the Internet Send & receive emails
Shop and book flights
Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!

Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks
All Courses Are Free of Charge
Classes are held in venues throughout Dublin

For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989


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.