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20 October 2019
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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Articles without such will not be published.


St Mary’s Friday Photography Soirée 7th Annual Exhibition

Sunday 3rd November 2019


St. Mary’s Friday Photography Soirée will mount their 7th Annual exhibition of photographs in the Parish Centre on Sunday 3rd November.

This year’s exhibition will, as we have come to expect over the years, top class with about 50 wonderful photographs on display. Each of the 15 members of the group will be displaying the three best photographs taken since the last exhibition in November 2018. So put the date in your diary and come along on the day to see and enjoy their work.

The group meets in the bungalow every Friday morning from 10.30 and new members are always welcome.


Lucan ICA

Mon 21st Oct: Lucan Guild will host the Sarsfield Group meeting at 8pm. The competition is: Make a flower arrangement in a SHOE! Fresh or dried flowers can be used. Supper will be served and there will be a raffle at the end of the night.

Tues 22nd Oct: Craft morning 10am – 12.30pm.


Well done to Marie O’Sullivan and friends who have been knitting little Superman and Superwoman Capes for tiny babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Rotunda Hospital. They have also knitted hats for the premature babies.

Wed 23rd Oct: As we are out on Monday night we have decided to take this night off.


What a wonderful night we had on Wednesday night for our International Night on Greece with Mary O’Hara. She gave us a lovely talk on her travels through Athens and the Greek Islands. She had some lovely Greek food and Ouzo to drink. Mary had decorated the room in the Greek colours and had some Greek produce, books, postcards, calendars, even a Greek icon. We were entertained with some Greek music and singing by Nana Mouskouri. All that was short was a big fat Greek man!!! Thank you, Mary!


Lucan Drama: Chase Away Those November Blues!

Lucan Drama welcome you to while- away a winter’s evening at Lucan Spa Hotel where laughter will warm the cockles of your heart as you sit and view two, hilarious pieces of theatrical farce.

The first of these hilarious One-Acts is entitled Shakespeare is a Dick by Mark Kenneally directed by Janet Mc Kennedy. Imagine what might happen to you if you were cursed by Shakespeare to speak only in Shakespearean verse? This is exactly what happens to Wally in this modern romp.

In the second One-Act entitled A Little Box Of Oblivion by Stephen Bean, directed by Carol Ryan a box placed on a park bench by Woman causes much speculation as people’s imagination runs riot. These are two unmissable plays to brighter the darker nights.

Dates for your Diary:
Tuesday 19th November to Saturday 23rd November

Venue: Lucan Spa Hotel
Time: 8.30pm
Cost: €12/€8 Concession. Tickets available at the Door Only
Dinner and Theatre Tickets must be booked at The Spa Hotel Reception: Phone 6280494
Cost: €25 for 2-Course Meal and Show.

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


Hillcrest/Beaumont/Newcastle Road Residents Association

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 8-9pm in Kenny’s, Lucan Village.

There are many issues and concerns that need to be addressed and we are asking for your support. Come along on Wednesday 23rd and join in the conversation on how we might improve and protect our area. All residents of Hillcrest, Beaumont Cottages and the Newcastle Road are encouraged to attend.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

"Lucan Live" is back on the airwaves on Mondays at 3pm, if you missed last week's programme, it is available on podcast on our website. Volunteers, Eddie Grahame & Maria Murphy present the programme and we'd like to welcome new volunteer researchers, Pat Behan, Colette McGrane and Elaine Peden to the team. or catch up on Facebook

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


Woodville Downs Residents Assoc (incl. Esker Lane)

Right turn onto N4 proposed closure; BusConnects project were contacted. No information on why proposal to close this right turn on Woodies bridge was introduced at this point. Alternative cycle lane options were proposed and are included in the latest "emerging routes" that won't cause closure of access to the N4 for many. They said public consultation will take place in November.

Our Residents Association are calling on all to express their objection to the curtailment of access to a National route and to the knock-on traffic problems for all those around Lucan, Ballyowen junction and indeed for those accessing Liffey Valley due to diverted traffic. Social/work/school/sport/business and shopping traffic would be impacted by this proposal. We are aware some businesses have already expressed alarm and opposition and we ask for a strong message of objection to be sent to BusConnects. There was unanimous objection by elected representatives when this last proposed in 2017; we hope that this will be the case again.

We will be giving info to our residents to inform them of negative impact and asking that they submit an objection also.

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Contact our Association:


Lucan Men’s Shed

After our 2019 AGM, held on Wednesday 09th October 2019, the committee met on Monday last and elected the following officers: Chairperson; Eamon Brennan, Vice Chair; Stephen Lydon, Secretary; Brian Mercer, Treasurer; Seán Hegarty, Grants Administrator; Michael Kennedy, Committee member; Michael Butler. Congratulations to all, we look forward to the challenges of the year ahead!

We have been invited to an interview on Liffey Sound afternoon programme from 15:00 to 16:00 on Monday next 13th October, if you listen in you will learn more about Lucan Mens Shed. We are continuing with the wiring of our upper floor/kitchen area and have been enjoying our own tea, coffee and biscuits and each other’s company in the past couple of weeks. Also as part 2 of the shed re-wiring job we are wiring the ground floor for workshop equipment. Our plumber is currently installing our water supply and drainage for our kitchen area. This work will be financed by the generous grant we received from S.D.Co.Co. LCDC, Community Enhancement Programme Men’s’ Shed Funding 2019.

From Monday next 13th October 2019 our shed opening hours will change, our general opening hours in future will be Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 14:00.

Our next general meeting in Lucan Library will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2019 from 18:30 to 19:50.

You can contact us at our shed, at the rear of the IWA premises at the 12th Lock, or online at


The Irish Hospice Foundation

An information evening for the public about bereavement with guest speaker, writer Emma Hayes.

Thursday 7th November, 5.30pm to 8pm.
The Alex Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street
(off Merrion Square), Dublin 2.

November is traditionally a month for remembrance. This Irish Hospice Foundation Event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.

The evening will open at 5.30p with a formal introduction. There will also be an opportunity to chat to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide. During the evening, Emma Hayes will address the gathering and speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’

This public event is free to attend. Bookings are not necessary.


Volunteers Wanted

Lucan Special Olympics Club are seeking volunteers to assist in coaching our senior men’s basketball team. Training sessions take place on a Wednesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 in Colaiste Phadraig Lucan.
For further information text only to 086 873 8195 or email to


Morning Soirées

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

Mondays 10:30am - 11:30am – French conversation:
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:
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.


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.
Some stands still available.

Children’s Halloween Fancy Dress and Disco Party
Thursday 31st Oct at 2.30pm.
Children €6 / Adults Free. Face painting and games on the Day.


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.


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu) Upr Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
October 27th - Harmony

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.