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31 May 2020
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

Rose – Sports / Politics

Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


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All items submitted for publication in Lucan Newsletter must have a contact person/number – address or phone number – not necessarily for publication.
Articles without such will not be published.


South Dublin Libraries

To view upcoming online events, scroll to archives, and click on the date 24th May 2020


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

One of our longstanding volunteers, Liam Clarke, sadly passed away on Tuesday. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Liam made a huge contribution to Liffey Sound, presenting "The Midweek Sound" and several outside broadcasts for the St. Patrick's Day parade and the Lucan festival. Liam will be greatly missed by staff and volunteers at Liffey Sound. May he rest in peace. or catch up on Facebook

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


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

Well first the good news. Four weeks back we told the story of Rose, a member of the group and also on the newsletter team, who had been stranded in Australia since before Easter because of COVID19 and was hoping to be able to return to Ireland in June. Everybody in the group was delighted to learn last weekend that Rose had made it back to Ireland at long last and was self-isolating in a hotel for 14 days. The return of Rose prompted some members of the group to submit photos of Rose (the flower) in honour of the occasion.






The photographic hunt for bees goes on and this week Conor managed to photograph a number of them. So maybe they are around and I just don’t see them in my garden.


Donal got some lovely photos of swans with their cygnets.

Some of the more technically minded are working on a plan for those in the group who are interested to resume the weekly Friday morning meeting virtually. If it can be brought to pass we will be able to review each other’s work and comment on it. I’m sure the other members of the group will just love to hear me saying that the photo is not sharp, the horizon is not straight etc. It would certainly bring a greater sense of normality to our situation. Hopefully this can come to pass in the coming weeks.

Keep safe until next week!


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join - email Facebook group; “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” & Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan.

Sol Summer Events
As a group, our connections and the chats we had on our field trips, talks and walks were more important than the history. While we can’t meet you the way we’d like at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are continuing to plan for events for you for the summer, and we hope you’ll be able to join these online and enjoy them, during these restricted times.

Many of the important buildings of Old Lucan have vanished but some of you may have captured these in your old family photos. Now would be a good time to dig out those old photos of Lucan that you always meant to look for. If you are happy to share them with us, please email us at or via our Facebook page; our 1,400+ members online would love to see them.

June Sol Event:
Video - Father McCartan’s Murder with Darren Tully

Video available by Wed 3rd June, 23.00 onwards, on our SOL YouTube channel, and SOL Facebook page.

On the anniversary of a Lucan murder in 1807 that shocked Irish and English readers, Darren Tully will tell you the story of Fr. McCartan, a priest who was brutally murdered by a gang of robbers at the top of Chapel Hill, the night of 3rd June 1807. His murder and the subsequent trial made the Irish and English newspapers. Two of his murderers were hanged on the scene of the crime, on 27th June of the same year. Darren will explain how the heist was planned, the motivations behind it and how it went very wrong, as he explores some of the different parts of Lucan that the robbers visited.

Sol Calendar 2021:
Your Photos of Lucan

SOL are planning our annual calendar for 2021. The proceeds help raise essential funds that allow us to continue our voluntary work to promote the history and heritage of Lucan. Last year, thanks to you, our calendar was a great success, and we hope that you may be able to help us to submit your photos of Lucan for the 2021 edition. You can enter as many of your photos as you wish. They can be on any aspect of Lucan, old or new. Submissions close mid-August so you have a couple of months to get snapping, especially during the present time when we are restricted to walking within 5k or our homes. Email us your photos to: and include your name, contact number, details of the scene (date, location, etc.). All photos must be in JPEG format, they must be your own photos, and you agree that SOL will use your photo in the calendar. Please adhere to Government public health advice on Covid-19. Do not enter private land, or parks or sites that are closed to the public. We look forward to seeing your beautiful photos of Lucan!

More SOL updates next week ….

Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Billy Sines, Darren Tully, Paul Butler and Jonathan Cully. Contact us:



Lucan Newsletter invites people living in Lucan to submit items about their COVID-19 experiences for publication, and for our archives.
Perhaps in time to come, people will find it hard to believe what we did and suffered to get on top of it.


#stepbystep Challenge

On Saturday 30th May 2020, I will be walking a marathon (26.2 miles/42.1 kilometres), pushing a vintage pram on my road, in a target time of 9 hours. This will be in memory of my dad, James Adrian Byrne, and my father in-law Sonny Murtagh, who both passed away within the last nine months and were both avid walkers.


For many years I have been very involved with Christina Noble Children’s Foundation who support some our world’s most disadvantaged children and communities. Due to Covid19, now more than ever, these children need our support. In times of uncertainty the pressures of poverty and financial struggle increases, resulting in a heightened risk of violence and hardship against those most vulnerable. Every single one of us are trying to pave our own way through these uncertain times, whether it be grief, isolation, financial worries, or simply missing a loved one. #Stepbystep, we’re in this together.

To donate please click on the link. Thank you so much for your support and feel free to get involved in taking on your own #stepbystep challenge in aid of Christina Noble Children’s Foundation All donations are processed securely.

You can also share my page using Share options below. This is a great way to show your support. Many Thanks for your support.


Lucan Men’s Shed

There are many indications that summer is here, or at least around the next corner. Sunrise is earlier each morning and if you are awake at that hour, blending bird calls remind us that others are rising and shining too, broadcasting nocturnal experiences, declaring to the world that their little lives continue and that they are happy to share with us their joy.

Here we are, at the end of May, 2020, in a situation in which no one ever thought we would be. All of us have made major adjustments in our lives over the past two to three months. The well-worn phrase about "nothing ever being the same again" has never been more true, because life, as we knew it, is gone and the new reality is here.

In Lucan Men's Shed, it will be no different. We closed in mid-March, thought we were taking a few days off, only to discover that we were closing for the foreseeable future.

It has been very strange indeed to be away from the Shed which we visited several times weekly, to have that all-important chat, see familiar faces and enjoy a cup, or two, of tea and biscuits. There are many plans to be made and put into action on various levels, before we can resume attendance at the Shed, but it shouldn't take too long and it will require the input and ingenuity of us all.

Here's to the future.


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

The CIC office is closed for personal callers until further notice
You can ring 0761 07 5000 and leave a message, and someone will return your call, or you can email and someone will reply to your email.

MABS the Money Advice and budgeting Service
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free, independent and confidential service for people who are in debt or at risk of getting into debt.
Talk to your lender. If you can’t - talk to MABS.
Call MABS today on 0761 07 2000 for independent information, advice and referral.


South Dublin Co. Co. on Dumping

Our Litter & Waste Enforcement staff have been investigating increased levels of illegal dumping and burning of waste this week.
Household Waste Collection Services are operating and Civic Amenity sites are open.

If you witness dumping contact 014149000/


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.



BER Certificates Domestic & Commercial Assessor. DEC’s, Snag Lists, House Surveys. Compliance Certs.
Phone Niall MIEI C, Eng. 086-2300902. Email:

Architectural Drafting Service - Planning Permission Sought. Drawings for Extensions. Retention Orders / Surveys.
Contact John 01 6060722. Mobile 087-9873876.

J. Kelly Painting Services - No job too big or too small. Free Estimates. All Work Guaranteed.
Phone: 6236612 / 087-2346898.

Clutter Out! Home Organisation - Attic and garages clear out services. Garden design, landscape and maintenance. Home cleaning. Handyman jobs and more. Local family business.
Call 087-6202989 / 087-2695739.

The Cartridge Expert – Printer cartridge refills. All brands. Big savings.
Drop in or call us on 6219740. 10% discount if you mention Newsletter.

Greg & Orla Martin – Specialists in Hand Painted / Sprayed Kitchen and Furniture.
Contact: Greg 086-3944272, Orla 086-8804177, Dodsboro Cottages, Lucan.

Bathroom Revamps – By Long Established Lucan Contractor. See our works on
Call Noel on 086-2729655.

Lucan Window Cleaning - Six-day service. Fully insured. Established over 25 years.
Phone Aidan 086-2468886.

Dial A Clean - Carpets, Upholstery and Rugs. Stairs and Landing only €45. Rugs from only €25.
Call Paul 087-3222782.

Local Painter & Decorator Available for All Interior & Exterior Work – Paper hanging, hand painted kitchens and exterior spray painting. Reasonable, reliable, professional.
For free quote, phone Joe on 087-9806812.

Hanbury Upholstery – Commercial and residential furniture. Over 35 years’ experience.
Call/email for free quote 087-7994024.





Future Proof Finance – Mortgage Broker Life Assurance/Pensions/Savings/Investments. Lucan County Enterprise Centre.
Contact: Stephen Fallon QFA 086 602 1353 / 01 505 6934.
Future Proof Finance Ltd. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.



Woofters Dog Grooming – Karina Kerrigan. Grooming. Peamount Lane off Lucan Newcastle Road.
Phone: 01-6211855.





Lucan Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Clinic® - Insomnia, Stress etc. VHI / Aviva etc.
Jacqueline McDonnell RGN RPN, Lic.Acu Nanjing. China.
Phone: 6217057.

O’Gradys Hearing Care at Dodsboro Clinic – Add Hearing to your health checklist. Have a Free Hearing Test.
Call 01-8025911. Enjoy Hearing Again.



Childminder Wanted: We are a family living in Ballyowen and looking for a (term time) childminder for 20 month old twins and a three year old.
The 3 year old is to attend Little Folk preschool in Hermitage from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Start date would be mid-August & hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
If you interested please call James on (087) 6137256

Keane Minds Montessori School Earlsfort Residents Centre, Lucan. Free 'ECCE' Places – Mon to Fri 9am-12pm.
Ph: Cathy 086-6822449 / Linda 087-9748984, BA Hons Degree in Childcare. Give your child the best start in life.