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15 July 2018
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Articles without such will not be published.


Crisis point for LUCAN MEALS on WHEELS

Lucan Meals on Wheels service has been operating for over 20 years delivering meals to needy residents in our local community.

Each day approximately 40 meals are delivered locally in two separate runs by individual drivers. Unfortunately, the future of the service is at serious risk due to the lack of voluntary drivers to deliver these daily meals.

Can you spare 2-3 hours once every 2 weeks to deliver meals to our community? Who knows when you or a member of your family might need such a service in the future?

If you can help I would be delighted to hear from you.

Please call or text Teresa 085 154 8264.

Thank You


Woodville Downs Residents Association (incl. Esker Lane)

Re: St Edmundsbury
We note with concern that in recent political notes that it was implied that a planning application is to be sought for a Primary Care Centre to be built in St Edmundsbury's grounds. We acknowledge the need for a modern, fit for purpose facility. There are however important concerns about this possible location.

For years the people of Lucan and beyond have advocated and succeeded in the protection of this important green belt from development. The opening of the gate for development can only allow for the early call for further substantial development.

As well as this the traffic along the old Lucan road from the Outer Ring Road junction at Woodies to the village is a traffic nightmare in particular in mornings and from 3.30 pm onwards in the evenings with the combination of schools, local traffic and those avoiding the M50 toll.

We would ask the people of Lucan to make their views known at this early stage and our elected representatives to consider previous undertakings given to protect St Edmundsbury!

Contact us:



Free summer pop-up events for teens in South Dublin
A number of free creative, sporting and fun pop-up events are to be held by Foróige in Palmerstown Community Centre, Kennelsforth Green, in the coming weeks and months to encourage teens to socialise and enjoy the summer. (See full list of events below)

Claire Hutchinson, Regional Youth Officer with Foróige said, “Despite the fun and sun this year's summer is bringing, this time of the year can be a long and lonely stretch for some young people, especially for those who may not have a very wide social circle, who might find it difficult to socialise or who may be isolated or who may have sensory or processing conditions, such as experiencing Autism.

“In response to this, Foróige South Dublin has recently secured some funding via South Dublin County Council's Health and Wellbeing Initiative 2018, to organise a short series of Pop Up Youth Events for 12-18 yr olds.

“The Pop Up Events will appeal to some teenagers, more than others. We will be taking and making as many efforts to include young people and enable them to participate as much as they are comfortable and able in doing so. Parents are encouraged to consider whether these activities would be suitable or within the capacity range of the young person in mind.”

All of the Pop Up Events are free and will be hosted through the Palmerstown Community Centre, Kennelsforth Green, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.

Places are limited to 20 except the Trip to Sealife Bray (maximum 14 participants).

For further information or to attend parents / guardians can email / phone Claire Hutchinson, Regional Youth Officer, South Dublin with Foróige ( / 085 1666945)

These events will strictly follow Foróige's Best Practice Guidelines in terms of Youth Work, Child Protection and Child Safeguarding.

The Pop Up Event Series are as follows: Wednesday 18th July 10:30-1:30pm - Hike / Treasure Hunt ** Starting Point as Stewarts Hospital Sports Centre, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 (beside Waterstown Park)

Wednesday 22nd August 10:30-1:30pm - Creative Art Workshop (creative writing, animation, arts n crafts)

Saturday 1st September 10:30-1:30pm - Outdoor Cinema / Tai Chi, Yoga, Aikido / Games & Drama

Monday 23rd July 10:30 - 1:30pm - Easy Hike / Treasure Hunt / Picnic ** Starting Point at Stewarts Hospital Sports Centre, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 (beside Waterstown Park)

Tuesday 24th July 10:30 - 1:30pm - Creative Arts Workshop (creative writing, animation, arts n crafts)

Wednesday 25th July 7:30 -10pm EVENING TIME - Aikido / Tai Chi / Yoga

Thursday 26th July 10:30 - 1:30pm - Outdoor Cinema / Games / Drama

Friday 27th July 10:30 - 1:30pm Rendezvous with Bus at Palmerstown Community Centre, Trip to Sealife Bray and End of Programme celebration / certs 10:30-1:30am, return to Palmerstown Community Centre ( Max 14 participants)


Lucan Festival

Lucan House Grounds
Due to committee members holidays we will not be in SuperValu any more selling tickets. Tickets will be on sale at the Gate of Lucan House on the day 8th Sept or you can contact us at if you cannot wait.

Historical Exhibition
We are delighted that the Model Railway Club are returning this year and they will have their Lucan South Railway Station and link to Baldonnell (special narrow gauge railway was constructed in 1914/15 for the building of Casement Aerodrome by the RAF) on display as part of the Historical Exhibition in St Andrews Parish Centre.

There will be a full size copy of the painting (old Mill near Lucan) which was on last week’s cover of the Newsletter also on display along with the 5 copies of Thomas Roberts paintings of Lucan Demesne (one more than the National Gallery has).

Song Contest
Due to the poor number of entries we have reluctantly cancelled this event.
We may try again next year to see if we have any songwriters in Lucan.

Joe Byrne


Lucan Tidy Towns

The drought is here and there's no sign of it ending. This is posing a huge challenge to all law- abiding gardeners who are observing the hosepipe ban. It's particularly difficult for the Lucan Tidy Towns volunteers who have planted delicate flowers displays all over the village.

To keep them from shrivelling and dying off completely we are drawing water from the Griffeen using a bucket suspended from a rope. It's a little tricky to manoeuvre the bucket into the right spot in the river but after a while you can get it filled.


Next we transfer into a larger container from which we can fill the watering cans. It's working well so far, but we hope we won't have to keep this up for the whole summer.

We would like to say a big thank you to two local people who met us last week while we out working. They each made a donation to help with our activities. It was much appreciated.

Kevin O'Loughlin


Mary’s Meals National Walk to Knock

Ireland is marching to Knock for Mary’s Meals from the
7th to 15thAugust again this year

Starting out from Malin, Derry, Armagh, Coalisland, Lurgan, Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick. Five major walks passing through many towns and villages along the way.
Please see for mapping and more information.

If you wish to join with us and walk a few miles you are more than welcome.
Please register on the website or give Gerard a ring on 085 - 8037479.


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

The Mill, Main Street Celbridge
Phone 01 6288556

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

Soccer Players over 55 wanted for our “Walking Indoor Soccer” which takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm.

Teenage Bereavement Meetings are now on occasionally at our centre- Phone Margaret 087 602 1598


Jobs Club

The Jobs Club shall start on Monday 16th July 2018. It is a 3 week programme designed to equip jobseekers with the tools they need to search and apply for jobs.

The modules we cover are as follows:
C.V. Preparation (each individual will have a professional C.V. typed)
Cover Letters (how to write a targeted cover letter to accompany their C.V.)
Application Forms (guidelines on how to fill-out application forms online)
Rights at Work (Workplace rights including contracts and pay rates)
Personal Development (This module looks at self-esteem, goal setting and affirmations)
Job Searching (we use ipads in the Jobs Club to search and apply for jobs)
Networking (this module looks at how to access jobs on the open and hidden job market via networking)
Mock Interviews

The Jobs Club runs from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm for 3 weeks. Participants would attend daily.

There is a €60.00 payment given to each participant who successfully completes the Jobs Club to help with travel costs, parking expenses etc. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided to all participants.

People can contact me
by email:
or phone: 0876348375.


Mens Shed Lucan

Lucan Men's Shed will not hold a general meeting in the months of July & August, our next general meeting will be on Monday, 10th September. The venue is the Seminar room in Lucan Library -located in the SuperValu shopping centre on the Newcastle Road, close to Starbucks. Our general meetings offer everybody a chance to voice their opinions and/or bring forward suggestions. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please come and share them with us.

While our group has some 40 registered members we remain stubbornly short of people on our managing committee; a small group of people working to develop a thriving and successful Men's Shed in, and for, Lucan. We urgently 2 or 3 more people to assist in managing a variety of tasks. The committee roles involve key functions, including multiple and disparate applications for grants and maintaining contact and co-operation with key groups. These groups include the IMSA (Irish Men's Shed Association), South Dublin County Council, local Councillors, other voluntary groups, and potential grant providers & funders. These tasks require time and diligence, we estimate about 3 hours per week to make an effective contribution.

If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact either Eamon (at 086-8178315) or Sean (at 087-2940727) to have a chat.


SummerFest 2018

SummerFest is a Children’s Holiday Bible Club that has been running in Lucan for over 30 years.

It will be running from the 6th to the 10th of August 2018, from 10am until 12.30pm. It costs 2 euro a day.

Children who attend will join us in playing games, singing songs, making crafts and learning about God.

The club will be running up at the Lucan Centre (Primrose Lane) - this is a great location with loads of space to run around and have fun.

Pre-registration for the week is open, go to for more information.


Primrose Hill Gardens

(Top of Primrose Lane, Lucan)
Gardens open
2pm – 6pm daily
Until July 23rd 2018

Adults €6.00


Three Dublin Families and the Great War

Wednesday 22nd August, 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
David Power, who has created four exhibitions for South Dublin Libraries since 2014, will tell the stories of three Dublin families, two from Tallaght and one from the city centre, who lost family members in the Great War.

Booking now open
Contact the library on 01-6216422.
Email: or call in.


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


A Parish Journey –

the story of St Patrick's Esker Dodsboro Adamstown


This book is on Sale from St Patrick's Parish Office, Price €10
• Monday-Friday 10am - 12 noon
• Saturday-Sunday - After all Masses.< br> Plus the following outlets:< br> Londis Adamstown
St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Lucan Library


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.


Mother and Toddler Group

The Group meet every Thursday in St Mary’s Parish Centre from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


Lucan Methodist Church Parent and Toddler Group

Tuesday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Grandparents, childminders all welcome.


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.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village Lynchs / Centra
Carey’s Newsagents

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Penny Hill
Foleys Chemist
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro
Maxol Service Station

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


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.