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11 June 2023
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


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Articles without such will not be published.


Hillcrest Residents Association

Dear Neighbour,

In view of the many complaints raised by residents regarding the volume of sap shed by all of the sycamore trees through your neighbourhood, the following letter has been forwarded this week to SDCC Chief Executive and Councillor members of Lucan/Palmerstown /North Clondalkin Area Committee.

“Within Hillcrest estate, Lucan, bounded by Newcastle Road and Dodsboro Road, there are more than 200 sycamore trees which have grown to heights exceeding 10 metres, towering over adjacent houses and all growing within 2 metres of property boundaries, the vast majority of which are constructed of cement block.

Your estate management records should confirm the extent to which footpaths throughout our neighbourhood have required, and continue to require, total replacement in order to address serious defects which have contributed to significant injuries suffered by pedestrians over a number of years. Some residents have also reported the need to replace front boundary walls more than once since they moved into the estate.

Most of our residents are the original first-time purchasers of homes in Hillcrest and are now aged in their late 60s and upwards, a sizeable number of whom are experiencing mobility difficulties and other age related health issues. They have been finding it increasingly burdensome and costly to deal with the negative impacts of such inappropriately large trees having been planted outside their homes: seedlings have taken root in back gardens as far as 25-30 metres distance from the actual trees, fallen leaves take weeks to be raked and bagged for collection - otherwise they present a serious hazard to pedestrians of all ages - and, as evidenced very recently, footpaths, driveways, vehicles, wheelchair and buggy wheels are regularly coated in increasingly thick layers of sap which adheres stubbornly to footwear and, when dried out, can be treacherous on hard surfaces indoors.

It is a cause of concern to all residents that underground infrastructure is reported to be adversely affected by the extent of root spread encountered by utilities contractors. Many householders have also expressed serious anxiety at the possibility of one of these trees being felled during a severe weather event, particularly as they have not been subject to regular pruning or inspection for damage or defects.

It is noted that SDCC’s current tree management plan precludes the planting of trees such as sycamores which have an aggressive root system and the potential to grow to more than 30 metres. As a street tree, it has proven to be wholly inappropriate for a housing development such as ours.

In consideration of all of the above, we ask SDCC to proceed, as a priority, with the removal of all sycamore trees throughout Hillcrest Estate and their replacement with suitable alternative specimens.”

We will update you all as soon as we receive responses.

Maria Murphy, Chairperson
Rita O’Brien, Secretary
Hillcrest Residents Association


Lucan Active Retirement Association

We meet in St Andrew's Parish Centre, Main Street, Lucan, on Thursdays at 11.30am. New members always welcome, come and join us in a friendly atmosphere and meet new friends. No charge for your first meeting.

Lots of activities to enjoy. Bowls, scrabble, cards, drama and choir. Coffee break at 1pm. Organised trips in Ireland and abroad.

30 of our members enjoyed a day at the races at Fairyhouse last week whilst others enjoyed themselves in Lanzarote.


Lucan Festival

10 years ago as part of the Festival we organized a Public Forum in which primary school children could ask Lucan's senior citizens about their school days. This was usually held on a Wednesday morning of the week.

Last year there was such a demand from schools that we ran it for 2 mornings and over 400 children attended. There was lots of jaw dropping moments even with the teachers when participants told of head banging from knuckles and rulers, chalk throwing and other corporal punishment.

The Forum wasn't just about those bad moments there was also cheerful times. We will once again be running this event and we would remind teachers to put the 7th and 9th September in their diaries. It's not that long ago that Corporal Punishment was outlawed by Legislation. It happened in 1982 in this country and the UK followed in 1986. Believe it or not it was not until 2003 that Northern Ireland followed.


Photo above is from one of the first sessions.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm - Outreach Officer Job Opportunity

Liffey Sound 96.4FM is seeking applicants for a Part-time Outreach Officer, 17.5 hours per week with a 23 month contract. If interested in this role, please email for a full job description or visit our website

This position is funded by Coimisiún na Meán through Round 41 Social Benefit Sound & Vision 4 Scheme.

Liffey Sound is Lucan's Community Radio Station or check out our Facebook page.


Anam Cara

Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it's monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 12th June at 7:15pm 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.





Do you want to finally conquer your fear of public speaking?
Do you have a speech or presentation coming up that you need help with?
Do you want to make new friends?
If so, then Lucan Toastmasters is the place for you.

This Thursday June 15th is the final meeting before our Summer break.

We meet in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip at 7.45 p.m. Admission is free for new guests – don’t worry, you won’t be asked to speak!
So come along on Thursday, where a warm welcome awaits you.

For further details, checkout our Facebook ‘Lucan Toastmasters’ our website at or email us at


Primrose Hill Garden

is open for
Summer Flowers and also Tree Walks
Some 6 acres in all!

Top of Primrose Lane, Lucan.
Adults €6.00. Children free.
June 1st – July 7th and Heritage Week August 12th – 20th



Friday Nights 9-10.30pm
Palmerstown Parish Centre

Kennelsfort Road Lower, D20 K732
(opposite Palmerstown House)
Drop in. Free tuition. €5 incl. tea & coffee
For more info contact Tom 085-8808868


Parent & Toddler Group

Thursdays in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, from 9.30am to 11.30am.
All Welcome!


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée


Well there are plenty of bridges this week as members of the group respond to the theme of Bridges and Waterfalls for the month of June. Joe found some in the National Botanical Gardens of Ireland. In 1790, the Irish Parliament granted funds to the Dublin Society (now the Royal Dublin Society), to establish a public botanic garden and in 1795 the Gardens were founded on lands at Glasnevin. The Gardens came into State care in 1878 and the magnificent restoration of the Turner Curvilinear Range of glasshouses was completed for the bicentenary of the Garden in 1995.




Anna supplied photos of bridges in county Mayo, some of them built around 1910 and one from Claregalway built in the 18th century over the old course of the river Clare. The full bridge, which was restored in 2001 comprises 9 stone arches which are above the level of the current road.


Apropos of nothing at all I could not resist submitting a photograph of a rose bush with a beautiful delicate shade of pink.

Because two of our members are still recovering from medical interventions and three others are currently on holidays abroad our numbers are a bit down at the moment. However, this Friday the first of our summer “field trips” was due to take place. Those interested were due to take themselves off to Castletown House to view the annual photography exhibition of the Celbridge Camera Club which was founded in 1985. The exhibition runs until 11th June and is open from 11am to 5pm. There are 95 images on display

Until next week stay safe!




Palmerstown Camera Club

At Palmerstown Camera Club we hold a weekly meeting every Wed from 8 pm to 10 pm in the Palmerstown Parish Hall. People interested in joining the club or even attending one or two meetings FREE of charge to see how their photography could benefit from being a member can do so by contacting


Recently in Palmerstown Camera Club, we had the judging night for the “Packy Maguire Memorial” and the winner was Katherine O'Boyle with her image of the month – Fungai.


Advanced Colour – Gerald Phelan - Eilean Dunan Castle

Palmerstown Camera Club
Are hosting their
14th Annual Photo Exhibition
at Palmerstown Parish Hall, Lr Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown, Dublin D20 K732
on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2023 from 10 – 5pm

Why not visit us over the weekend


Recovery Meeting Reopened

Do you have?
Anxiety, Panic, Anger, Depression
Recovery Self -Help Method Ireland CAN HELP YOU!
Local Meeting: St Marys Parish Centre Lucan, Thursday 7.30 p.m.
Tel: 00353 062 60 775


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Our telephone number is 0818 07 5090

Our office is located in the Ballyowen Castle Youth and Community Centre, Ballyowen, Lucan

Opening hours:
Walk-ins to see an Information Officer

Tuesday: 10am - 12pm
Wednesday: None
Thursday: 10am – 12pm and 2pm to 4 pm

Reception open
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
We are closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8pm on 0818 07 4000

MABS – the Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State's money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over 20 years. MABS phone service is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm on 0818 07 2000


Age Action for all Older People

Age Action are offering five hours tutoring, remotely, to anyone who needs support using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, how to use video calling to see your loved ones etc.

For more information, please call 01 4756989 or email



Older people need your support!
ALONE is recruiting volunteers to provide companionship and support through their Telephone Support & Befriending service for older people.

ALONE asks that interested volunteers commit to one set shift of 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Visit for more information.


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