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21 April 2019
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Articles without such will not be published.


Easter Parade


Lucan Senior Citizens
On Wednesday 10th, we held our Easter Party in the Parish Centre. The hall was beautifully decorated with Easter Bunnies, Chics, and eggs galore.

Our members and committee arrived in stylish, elegant or quirky Easter Bonnets. Many hours of preparation went in to these creations.

Many thanks to our Judges, Pat, Maura, Hannah and Angela, who had a very difficult task. We ended our morning with a sing-a-long accompanied by our good friends Tim and Declan.

We wish all our members, Deirdre, Parish Centre, and Newsletter Staff a very Happy Easter.

We will re-open on Wednesday 1st May.


Tea Day Morning

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
are hosting a Tea Day morning
at St Mary's Parish Centre
Tuesday 30th April
from10.30am - 12.30pm

All are welcome to drop in for a Cuppa and join in supporting ASI Lucan social club to promote services in the local area and create awareness of Dementia services in the Lucan area.


Lucan Tidy Towns!

The local and European elections are fast approaching. Polling day will be May 24th. We in Lucan Tidy Towns are always a little apprehensive in the weeks coming up to the vote. Our concern is about election posters. At this stage we hope that the vast majority of Newsletter readers and election candidates are aware that:

There is a long-standing agreement that election posters are not put up in our Village.

In these days of social media, it's very questionable whether these posters serve any useful purpose. They are an expense for the candidates involved and more importantly are environmentally very unfriendly. Very often even when they are taken down after polling the cable ties are left behind on the poles and look awful.

Judging in the National Tidy Towns competition will start just two weeks after the elections. It would be a shame if the visiting adjudicator noted down that there were posters or cable ties on view.

So we are appealing to all candidates:
Please don't put up election posters anywhere in Lucan Village between the Welcome Stones. You will be helping us to maximise our score in the Tidy Towns competition and contributing to waste reduction.

Let's keep Lucan a POSTER FREE ZONE!

There may be candidates in the field running for the first time who might be unaware of this convention so please take note.

If anyone needs clarification on the exact boundaries of the Village we are referring to please contact us at

You may have seen some of us up on ladders earlier this week. No, we were not putting up posters! Instead, we were busy cleaning road signs around the village. We hope you noticed the difference. Lucan Tidy Towns are holding our Annual Spring Clean Day in conjunction with Dublin Community Clean Up Day on Saturday 27th April.


We would ask that as many people as possible come out and give a hand, even for a short time. We particularly invite businesses in the village area to give even one hour's work on the day to Lucan Tidy Towns.

You can sign up to this by contacting or speaking to any one of our members (easily recognizable in yellow hi viz jackets).
We hope to see you there.

Join us for Lucan Tidy Towns Clean-up Day
on Saturday 27th April 2019.
Meeting in the Village Green. Time: 9am

Pickers, gloves and bags can be provided if necessary.


Tidy Towns people cleaning the large sign outside the Methodist Church recently.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm!

"Lucan Live" Local Election Coverage 2019
Don't forget to tune into Liffey Sound 96.4FM for its comprehensive local election coverage. Candidates from Lucan, Palmerstown/Fonthill will be interviewed on every “Lucan Live” on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 3pm for the next 4 weeks. If you have any questions that you would like Brendan or Maria to ask the candidates, please email or phone 6109339. or catch up on Facebook

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


Porterstown Parish Fundraising - Percy French Troubadours!

In the Parish Centre
April 27th, at 8pm.
All the popular songs and poems
Come along and sing along!
Pay at the door




Lucan Disability Action Group!

Thank you to AIB for hosting our Easter Raffle. Tickets were €2 each or a book of three for €5. The draw was held in AIB Lucan on Wednesday 17th April.

The following are the prize winners:
1st Prize Easter Egg Hamper Saheed A, Adamstown c/o Jelilat; 2nd Prize Easter Egg Hamper Aaron Clarke c/o AIB; 3rd Prize Easter Egg & Toy Ann Murray Woodview Heights; 4th Prize Easter Egg & Toy Martin, Adamstown c/o Jelilat; 5th Prize Easter Egg & Toy Pat Coleman, Dodsboro c/o Peter Brady; 6th Prize Easter Egg & Bottle Wine Darragh Croke, Dodsboro c/o Peter Brady; 7th Prize Easter Egg & Bottle Wine Lee Cunningham, Celbridge c/o Nigel; 8th Prize Easter Egg & Bottle Wine Gemma Tierney c/o AIB; 9th Prize Easter Egg & Toy Laura Keely c/o LDAG; 10th Prize Easter Egg Vera Callaghan, Bluebell c/o Caroline Brady.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Easter Raffle, all money raised is invested into our Mini Bus fund. For example our new 2018 Bus cost and funding as below:

Vehicle €20,100.00
Conversion to accommodate three wheelchairs €15,580.00
VRT €17,411.00
VAT €8,206.00
Total: €61,297.00

Funded by
Department of Rural & Community Development (RAPID Grant) €32,250.00
Revenue Commissioners VRT Waiver €16,000.00
Fundraising in our Community €13,047.00
Total: €61,297.00

So you can see that every time you support us by buying a ticket in our raffles or other fundraising events really helps us to keep our fleet of 10 vehicles on the road.


Lucan Lions Club!

Lucan Lions Club members will be present at SuperValu from Thursday to Saturday this week with a fantastic Easter Hampers Raffle. All proceeds go to local charity.

Lucan Lions Club Gourmet Dining Experience is fully booked. TV AM, award winning chef Joe Shannon will be cooking dinner for 210 patrons in the Lucan Spa Hotel. Thanks to everyone who wished Lucan Lions Club a successful 30th anniversary celebration.

The John Mc Donald Bursary Award interviews are currently being carried out by Lions Club members. A Lucan TY student will receive a work grant and get work experience while doing charity work this summer. Winners’ details will follow soon.

Lions meet on the second Tuesday of every month in the Spa Hotel. Visitors are always welcome.


Lucan Drama Presents Peg!

Why does a young Irish girl arrive at a quintessentially English mansion?
Why does the contents of a will create havoc in an aristocratic family?

Come along to Lucan Drama’s heartwarming Spring production Peg O’ My Heart by James Hartley Manners, a comic period p play which was a Broadway sensation. It will delight you with its vim and vigour as it races along captivating you with shocks, surprises, a variety of interesting characters and tender moments.
It will touch your heart and tickle your sense of humour.

Dates: Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May
Venue: Spa Hotel Lucan. Time: 8.30pm

Cost: €12 or €10 concession. Tickets at the door only.
Booking is only available to people wishing to avail of the meal and play for the value-deal of €25. Phone Spa Hotel: 6280494.

Information: find us on Facebook or e-mail or Phone Sheila 6282827 or Lucan Drama: 0894900429.


Griffeen Valley Park Clean-Up

An Taisce are promoting National Spring Clean-Up. Griffeen Valley Park [section with running track and hockey all-weather pitch] badly needs a clean-up. An Taisce are providing pickers, bags, bibs etc. South Dublin County Council will collect the refuse within a week.

Please come along and play your part on the day. One hour should do it. We will assemble at the entrance to the hockey pitch at 10am on Saturday April 20th. Michael O’Grady from Finnstown Abbey is the local organiser.


Final Call to Nominate Someone for a Silver Surfer Award! !

Nominate an older friend, neighbour or relative who uses technology (facebook, email, skype etc.) to enhance the quality of their life.

The closing date for accepting nominations is only 7 days away – next Thursday 25th April 2019. Full details of the categories and how to nominate are available on our website


Lucan ICA

We are closed for Easter break on Tuesday 23rd April and Wednesday 24th April. President wishes all members and Newsletter staff a very Happy Easter.

A little reminder to start collecting your items crafts and arts for Howth Exhibition on May 11th. Blanchardstown Craft Day is on Saturday 27th April.


Lucan ladies at the recent Handcraft week in An Gríanán.


Free Dietitian Led XPERT Course for Type 2 Diabetes

in Ballyfermot Library and Quarryvale Family Resource Centre.
A free 6 week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes, delivered by the HSE Community Dietitian.

X-PERT course starting Wednesday 1st May and every Wednesday up to and including Wednesday 5th June in the afternoon in Ballyfermot Library
X-PERT course starting Thursday 6th June and every Thursday up to and including Thursday 11th July in the morning in Quarryvale Family Resource Centre, Clondalkin.

Places are limited and you must register to attend.
Call Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Co-Ordinator on 076 6958054 to register and for more information.




Lucan Men’s Shed

We must start with a big THANK YOU to the many people who donated so generously to our church-gate collections on the weekend of April 6th & 7th. The total sum received was €1,378.05, a fantastic result, way beyond our expectations. We will use 100% of this money to fit out our kitchenette and sit-down area and, when completed, our members will be able to use it as and when they wish.

Our open, general meetings are held monthly and our next one will be on Thursday, 16th May, 18.30 to 19.50 in Lucan Library (located in the Supervalu shopping centre). At our general meetings the committee delivers an update on the progress of key projects and attendees have an opportunity to voice their opinions and/or bring forward suggestions. Member or not, if you have an idea or suggestion you'd like to share, come along and tell us about it.

Note that our Shed will be closed on Good Friday and reopen on Monday 29th April.

Within the past 3 weeks the committee completed a series of Grant application and are hopeful of obtaining funding for major equipment and power tools. The provision of such equipment would enable us take on a wide variety of projects and we look forward to having a well fitted out workshop area for the current or aspiring craftsmen in our group. We would particularly welcome new members who have workshop experience, can mentor other shedders and provide invaluable input to us providing a safe & healthy workshop environment. Looking forward to a positive and productive meeting. Committee contactable at 086-8178315.


Irish Heart Foundation FREE CPR Training:

Adamstown Youth and Community Centre Dublin
Hands for Life Ref:FCS46747
Free CPR Training for the community will take place on Saturday 27th April 2019.
- Training lasts 1 hour.
- 3 sessions at 10am, 12pm 1.30pm (choose 1)
- Each session can hold 30 participants.
Registration is required and is FREE.
Please see link below to register:


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 as @Soc4OldLucan.

Upcoming SOL Guest Lecture: Saturday 27th April 2-3pm, Seminar Room, Lucan Library “National Inventory of Architectural Heritage - results & prospects - 2002-2018” with William Cumming, Senior Architectural Advisor (retired), National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH)

William is a fascinating man with a lifetime of experience in working to preserve Ireland’s architectural heritage, who retired in June last year. He will be reviewing what was achieved in the NIAH during his time there and what is planned, and this will be of interest to many given the many protected structures in the area. William was also responsible for two Europa Nostra award-winning projects, the Conservation of Trim Castle and the Inventory of Historic Gardens & Designed Landscapes. Free talk. Open to all. Accessible venue.

Date for your diary: The May SOL event will be a field trip on Saturday 18th May 10.30-11.30 to Leixlip Castle for a guided tour, 15 max, strictly bookable in advance. Members will be notified once booking opens.

SOL Committee: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Billy Sines, Darren Tully, Stephen Callaghan, Paul Butler.
Contact us:


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






will present a

4-course Meal and Play

In The Spa Hotel Lucan,
On Friday May 10th, 2019

For further information 087 2578557


“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:


Mother and Toddler Group

10.30am to 12 noon
Each Thursday
in St. Mary’s Parish Centre
All Welcome



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.




Koins for Kids

If you have any old coin of any kind that needs a new home, please give it to us!! You can drop same into St Mary's Sacristy or St Mary's Parish Office.

We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of life-saving equipment, an M.R.I. machine, for "The New Children's Hospital" when building is complete.

Damien Douglas, Lucan.
Ph. 087 9519222


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.


Senior Help Line

Do you need someone to talk to?
Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444.
Senior help Line is open from 10am, 365 days a year.