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30 April 2017
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Lucan Macra na Feirme

Lucan Macra are meeting Saturday 6th for the Darkness into light in the Phoenix Park in aid of Pieta House.

We have our club fundraiser on in Kennys on Wednesday 24th May 8pm.

Next meeting on the 16th in St Mary's 8pm, anyone interested in the joining the club contact Jacqueline 087 7735 659.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound 96.4FM has an excellent mix of music and chat every Sunday- see the schedule below!

Ultrasounds – Repeat 8:00-10:00 Am: Repeat of the weekly ultrasounds
Out of this world 10:00-11:00am: Religious based programme with music and interviews presented by Pat Quinn
Bookline 11:00-11-30Am: Interviews with local, national and international authors Presented by Teresa Quinn
Community Spirit “11:30 Am-12:00 Pm: Programmes to enlighten and evoke your community spirit
1st Sunday: Mrs G’s Recipes presented by Therese Gorry
2nd Sunday: All Together Now with Colm Grogan
3rd Sunday: Kerala House-Indian Community Programme
4th Sunday: EFT with Brendan Quinn
5th Sunday: Open Community House
Music Parade 12:00-2:00 Pm: Music & news with Pat Mc Gee
Adrienne’s Country Flavour 2:00-4:00 Pm: All the best Country and Irish spun for you by Adrienne Corcoran
Down Penny Lane 4:00-5:00 Pm: Colm Grogan takes a nostalgic trip past Strawberry Fields and down Penny Lane as he brings you all things Beatles
Blast from the Past Repeat 5:00-7:00 Pm: Repeat of last Blast from the Past.
Sports Roundup 7:00-8:00 Pm: Our sports team bring you up-to-date on all the weekends sporting results
Country Sound 8:00-10:00 Pm: Country & Western music as well as Ballads from around the counties presented by Pádraig McGarrigle or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM
Lucan's Community radio station!


Lucan Festival

We will be at the Lucan Enterprise Community Expo next Saturday 6th May from 12.00 t0 15.00 in the Spa Hotel.

We will have tickets for the open day (9th Sept) in the grounds of Lucan House on sale at our stand. Tickets are €5, children 12 and under free.

Do not forget that when you buy a ticket you will be entered into a draw where the first 50 names drawn will enjoy a visit to the House itself by kind permission of the Italian Ambassador. This visit will be after the Festival. The draw will take place on Sun 10th Sept during our Family Day in the Village.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the inside of this magnificent house built in the 1770's.


Dodsboro Residents Association

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of the late Mrs May Murray, of Dodsboro Cottages who passed away this week. Mrs Murray was a great age and was a long-time resident in Dodsboro. May she Rest in Peace.

Marian Shrine Grotto - The Grotto has been cleaned and painted up and is looking good again. Particular thanks to Paddy Carr, Jim Cullen and Larry Shaughnessy for the excellent paint work around the rails. We wish also to thank Marie Connolly for her artistic touches to the face of Our Lady's Statue and to Belinda for her gift of flowers for the month.

Also, please note to all that the Rosary will be recited at the Grotto each evening at 7.30pm throughout the month of May and all are welcome to come along.


Woodville Downs Residents Association incl Esker Lane

Great turnout and discussion at AGM!

Lots of concerns about proposed changes to facilitate cycle lanes, closure of right turn onto N4 and associated works.

Expecting a lot of engagement from Lucan residents and businesses in public consultation that is proposed shortly.


Lucan Drama

'Duets' by Peter Quilter and directed by Niall Cassidy consists of four dramatic representations of Love for The Oldies!!! A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener.. It's divided into four different situations - 'Blind Date', 'Secretarial Skills' 'The Holiday' and 'The Bride to Be' - each situation is full of quirky, fast and comical witticisms, guaranteed to give you a great laugh!!!

Dates of performances
Tuesday 23rd May, proceeds to Martin Freeman in his quest to conquer Kilimanjaro in order to raise funds for Pieta House.
Wed 24th May, Thurs 25th May and Friday 26th May - Proceeds from our bumper raffle on 26th go to St Francis' Hospice
8 30pm Spa Hotel is starting time of each performance.
€25 Dinner and Play. Booking with Spa Hotel 6280494 - book early to avoid disappointment!!
€12 Play only (No booking facility available. Tickets at door) (Concessions €7).

Best of Luck to our Friends in Bradan, George Michelle and Reidin, in The Full Length All Ireland Festival which is happening in Athlone early May. Their performance of 'Blackbird' by David Harrower will occur in Athlone on Wed 10th May, for details of this All Ireland Festival visit DLI website.

Contact: Bernie 0864015794; Sheila 0872547725 Find us on Facebook


Lucan Tidy Towns

We in Lucan Tidy Towns hosted a water conservation workshop last week in Kenny's in the village. The purpose of the workshop was to explore ways of conserving and protecting water which is recognised as a limited resource in spite of all the rain that falls in Ireland.

Along with our own volunteers the attendance included Councillor William Lavelle, Grainne Carey East and Midlands Regional Information Officer at Irish Water, Sinead Hurson Community Water Officer, Residents from Estates around Lucan, Representatives from Lucan Game Association and Lucan Trout and Salmon Organisation

Grainne gave a presentation on the importance of water conservation. Water is a limited resource and 46% of the water coming from reservoirs is unaccounted for (lost before it reaches our taps). The water supply situation in the greater Dublin area is quite precarious. The main reservoirs in Leixlip and Ballymore Eustace are just barely meeting the demand and so it's important that users are careful in their use of water. There are useful tips for saving water in our homes and these can be found on

Harvesting rainwater at home is another useful way of conserving water. Woodies in Lucan are making a contribution of €10 for every water butt purchased with vouchers which they have provided to Lucan Tidy Towns with the assistance of Councillor Lavelle. Contact Lucan Tidy Towns or Councillor Lavelle if you are interested in availing of this offer.

We discussed the issue of how to promote awareness in the community such as having a water awareness day or carrying out surveys of water usage in local schools, businesses, clubs etc.

Over the years there have been instances of raw sewage entering the Griffeen River in Lucan. This has been attributed mainly to incorrect connections of foul water and storm water from some housing developments. Most of these issues have been resolved but there are still concerns that the water quality in the Griffeen is adversely affecting fish life.

Thanks to Kenny's for providing the venue and refreshments, Councillor Lavelle for setting up the event, and Woodies for the supply of vouchers.
Kevin O'Loughlin


Lucan ICA

Tues 2nd May: Craft Group meets from 10am to 12.30.
Reminder to members wishing to exhibit crafts or arts at Howth Exhibition on Saturday next 6th May, to bring in their items on Tuesday 2nd and no later than Wednesday 3rd, as they have to be labelled and written up.

We request members to go and view all the exhibits from Guilds all over Dublin, on Saturday 6th May from 2pm – 5pm, in The Church of Ireland, Howth. You will be amazed and inspired.

Wed 3rd May: Business Meeting 8pm. We request a good attendance of members ont henight. There will be a draw for 2 half scholarships to An Grianan for all paid-up members on the night.

The Guild members wish to congratulate President Pauline Bligh on winning The Susan Morris Trophy for her Cut Work Embroidery – Very well done!

Names are now being taken for dinner and play “Duets” in the Spa Hotel on 24th May.


Anam Cara

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Monday 8th of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.





'Jubilate' In the wonderful setting of the College Chapel of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, the prestigious concert choir of the University of South Carolina, America under the direction of Dr. Larry Wyatt will perform a concert of choral music by Irish & American composers. These include Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Michael McGlynn, William Billings and Mike D’Ambrosio. Concert begins at 19:10 on Sunday 21st May. Admission - €10 Standard €8 Concession. Tickets available from Maynooth Bookshop and For more information please


Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu)
Change of date: 30th April 2017
3pm to 6pm
Live Band: Cheating Hearts

Only €5
Light Refreshments, Raffle and Prizes
More information: 01 6166981


Vincents in Lucan

Urgently require donations of Clothes, Household, Shoes, Bric-a-Brac etc.
The shop is located at 5/6, The Village Centre, Lucan.
We are open 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday


Join Team Noble 5th June 2017

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
#break the cycle of poverty
Tel: 01 645 5555


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Community Choir practise is now on Wed Mornings – 11am-1pm .Ideal for people living with dementia and their carers.
Contact Ann Harris – 0876057264


Volunteer In Africa

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 15 June 2017. The volunteers will work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided.
Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.
No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs.
If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.
Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers 086 8520271.


Lucan Art Fair 2017

The Fair will be held in Divine Mercy SNS as a school fundraiser on Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st

We are currently looking for artists and crafters to exhibit.
The cost for crafters is €20, and artists is €30.

Please contact Miriam on 086-0573820 or Bríd on 087-9213520
or email for further details.


Mother and Toddler Group

Meeting in St Mary’s Parish Centre
Thursdays from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


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.


Older Voices for Change

Older Voices for Change is an established advocacy group voicing opinions on issues that are affecting older people within the Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle and Palmerstown area.

If you feel you would like to work with us to make a difference please contact:
Eithne 085 7846007
Mairead 086 8446071
David 087 9402684


Free Aspergers Support Group & Youth Club

Sat 11am - 1pm.
Castleknock Community Centre.

Contact: 0868204663


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


Could you foster a child?

We are seeking to recruit families or individuals to care for children and young people who cannot live at home.
Ideally you will have a spare room and time available to care for a child.
Foster families come in all shapes and sizes, from all cultures and backgrounds.
Assessment, training and support will be provided to all Five Rivers Ireland Foster Families.
There will also be access to our 24 hour on-call support.
For more information please contact: Five Rivers Ireland on 01-866 5291 or visit our website


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



Lucan Sarsfields GAA
Every Wednesday

€10 per book
Free Teas & Coffees
From 8.30pm
Over 18s only


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
Hillcrest Day – Today News

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan
Divine Mercy, Balgaddy


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.



Do you have a disability and need assistance? Do you have a family member or friend who might benefit from our help?

If so, here a LDAG we provide:
• An affordable and accessible transport service for people with disabilities 7 days a week
• Self drive cars to be driven by wheelchair users or their families
• Social Personal Assistants Service

We are a local charity and our membership is free!

Please contact us:
Unit 24 Hills Industrial Estate, Lucan Co. Dublin.
Tel:01 610-047