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18 November 2018
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Lucan Drama

3 One-Act Plays
Shadow of the Glen
The Daisy Market
Laundry and Bourbon

at The Spa Hotel
Tuesday 20th November to Friday 23rd November, 8.30pm

Cost: Dinner and Theatre €25
Phone 6280494 Spa Hotel
€12 at the door / €7 concession.

As the directors and cast are putting the final touches to the 3 One–Act Plays, I wish to remind our prospective audiences to come early. Doors open at 8p.m. for the performance at 8.30pm.

I would especially urge people who wish to avail of the dinner and theatre offer to come to the Spa Hotel between 6.30 and 7pm. This is a very good offer at €25 for dinner and play and we would like to thank the Spa Hotel for that. Phone the Spa Hotel reception on 6280494 for reservations.

Tickets can be booked for the dinner and theatre only, otherwise its pay at the door. The cost of tickets for the play is now at a reduced price of only €12. Concession tickets are €7. Come and enjoy some wonderful, live, community entertainment.

Many congratulations to director Brian Whitney and the cast and crew of Shadow of The Glen, one of the aforementioned plays, for participating so successfully in the One-Act Festival in Celbridge on November 9th. They did Lucan Drama proud as this was a competition of a very high standard with groups from Arklow and Portrane/Donabate competing alongside local groups. Noel Creaner deservedly received a nomination for Best Actor for his role of the Tramp in the play. We, at Lucan Drama would like to offer Noel our heartiest congratulations. Noel has been a member of Lucan Drama for many years and is a familiar face on stage in the Spa Hotel. The adjudicator was the eminent Tom Byrne who adjudicates throughout the four provinces of Ireland.
For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or email Or phone Sheila on 0872547725 or Lucan Drama on 0894900429.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Thank you to everyone who kindly supported our church gate collections in St. Patrick's Church, Esker last weekend. All donations are greatly appreciated and all monies go directly to the running of the community radio station.

Don't forget to tune in to our brand new programme on Friday afternoons, "Creative Space" presented by Rose Ugoalah will be broadcast at 4pm. Rose will interview artists and professionals about their work & creative process.

Our new monthly programme "Kids classical club" which is a fun introduction to classical music for children will be back on your airwaves on 96.4FM at 11.30am this Sunday the 18th of November and available on podcast next week. or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


'Babies don't come with a manual, but maybe they could'

The experiences and outcomes for mothers who take part in the Upto2 Programme. Dr Gráinne Hickey from Maynooth University who is presenting the Enrich Upto2 programme follow-up findings.

The Upto2 Programme is a course designed to help mothers with all aspects of their baby. Meeting every fortnight, mothers and babies form lasting friendships, gain confidence and learn from the trained Public Health Nurses and Family Support Workers who deliver the course.

Dr Catriona Delaney from Archways will present on ‘How are they doing now?' Well-Being amongst 14 year olds in Clondalkin.

In 2017, the first part of the Well-Being Study was launched which looked at the well-being of 2nd, 4th and 6th class students. In 2017/18 the study expanded to look at 14 year olds in three secondary schools in Clondalkin.

The event will take place on Tuesday the 4th in the Áras Chrónáin Intercultural Centre and starts at 11am.

To attend, register at the link below:

Blue Skies Initiative, Clondalkin


Lucan ICA

Sat 17th Nov: Eilish Butler's Jewellery Class in aid of "Wells for Zoe" in Parish Centre, St Mary's Church. 10.30am to 1.30pm

Tues 20th Nov: Craft group meet 10am to 1.30pm. Different crafts being worked on. Fiona will be showing us how to string pearls. Patchwork is one of the crafts being worked on as well as knitting and crochet.

Wed 21st Nov: Our Christmas night out in the Spa Hotel. We will have dinner followed by 3 one act plays by Lucan Dramatic Society. We will meet in the foyer at 6.15pm sharp. Enjoy the night ladies.


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wednesday 21st November: Mass for our deceased members at 10.40am in St Mary's Parish Centre. Family and friends welcome.


Light up a Life

Remember your loved ones this Christmas at the annual remembrance ceremony Light up a life taking place in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
Sunday 2nd December in Harold’s Cross at 3.45pm.
Special Guest: Jim Gavin (Dublin GAA manager) .
Travel by public transport advised as no parking available.
Volunteer Stewards Needed!
Call 1-4911072 to sponsor a light or see


Palmerstown Camera Club

On Saturday 17th of November Palmerstown Camera Club will be hosting the IPF National Shield Competition in Pobalscoil Iososoide School Upper Kennellsfort Road Palmerstown.

The IPF National shield is an annual inter club competition which is open to all clubs who are affiliated to the IPF (Irish Photographic Federation). Only photographers who are at intermediate level are eligible in this competition.

The competition showcases the work of photographers from clubs all over the country. Each competing club must submit a panel of colour prints and monochrome prints

The judges go around each panel checking technical knowhow, subject paper and how the photograph was mounted also the photographs must tell a story. The judges only spend up to 2 or 3 minutes at a panel as there is so money they are looking for something different and each club are waiting with bathed breath as they look at their panel. Good luck to all taking part.

Denis Brazil PRO


Irish Red Cross Annual Old Folks Party 2018

Our annual Old Folks Party will be held on the 9th December in Finnstown Castle Hotel Lucan. If you would like to attend our party as a new member, you will have to over 66 years old, collect your pension from the Lucan area to be eligible to attend.

If you can contact Bernadette Cummins on 6282661 between 6pm to 7.30pm or Mary Cullen on 6245076 between 6pm to 7.30pm. All newcomers to have their names and address into any of the above numbers on or before the 26th November. Any names after this date will be put on the list for next year (2019). So please contact us on or before closing date as not to disappoint any latecomers.


Date for your diary.......

Wednesday 5th December at 8pm in St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Festive Flowers

Demonstrator – Christine Hughes


Rossecourt Christmas Market

Saturday 8th December 2018, 11 am – 4 pm

Season’s Greetings to you all!
It is that time of the year again…. Please come and join Stewarts Care as we are hosting our Rossecourt Christmas Market this year on Saturday 8th December 2018 from 11- 4p.m in Rossecourt Resource Centre, Balgaddy.

We have a great selection of Christmas goodies, homemade mince pies, Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings, homemade jams, chutneys, cranberry sauce, Christmas flowers and wreaths, Christmas logs and Stewart’s pottery and much, much more. Santa will also be there from 12 noon – 2pm.

We will also be joined by some gorgeous external stalls so please come and join us on Sat 8th December. Our restaurant will be open from 9 a.m. so why not have your Irish breakfast before you set off around our Christmas market or treat yourself to a tea and scones afterwards.


Christmas Cards for Sale

NAGARHOPE Christmas Cards €5 for Pack of 12
Six beautiful designs.
Available from 191 Beech Park
Or contact 087-0666891

Pieta House Christmas Cards Pack of 12 for €5

Peter McVerry Christmas Cards Pack of 10 - €5

All available from St Mary's Parish Office.


Don't Shoot The Copyboy

The launch of John Kelly's new book, Don't Shoot The Copyboy, will be held in St Mary's Parish Centre, Lucan on Monday, November 19th (7.30pm-9.30pm).

Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle recalls the many "happy hours" he spent as a copyboy in The Irish Times in a moving foreword to the book, an affectionate snapshot of a watershed time in print journalism.



The Night Of Other Days
By Hugh Mulrooney
The Life and Work of Seamus Heaney

Saturday 17th November 6pm to 8pm
Sunday 18th November 9am to 1pm.
Venue: St. Mary’s Parish Centre

Hugh will sign 1st Editions of this excellent book.


Christmas Jewellery Workshop - In aid of WELLS FOR ZOE

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre, Lucan
Date: November 17 from 10.30am to 1.30pm
Cost: 10 Euro Places Limited
Text Eilis 087-6646 777 to book

Six years ago we began what we called this programme to enable girls to attend Secondary School. We had no lofty ambitions like University or Third level just that these little ones would have four years without pregnancy or marriage.

This year the number has risen to 269, (like twelve classes in an Irish Secondary School) where all need help with fees, some with clothes, some need everything, including food and food for their supporting family.


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu) Upper Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
November 25th - Good Times

Contact No: 01-6166981


Mother and Toddler Group

10.30am to 12 noon
Each Thursday
in St. Mary’s Parish Centre
All Welcome


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556

Stands required for Christmas Craft and Food Fair at the Mill on Sat 24/25 Nov Fee €65

Children`s Halloween Fancy Dress Disco Bank Holiday Monday 29th October at 3pm

Soccer Players aged 55 – 75 years wanted for our “Walking Indoor Soccer” which takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm

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


The Garda Survivors Support Association (GSSA)

An Evening of Seasonal Music & Song
Fiona Murphy, Soprano
In Concert With
The Band of An Garda Siochana
Music Director: Inspector Pat Kenny
Compere: Ray Kennedy (RTE)

Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre
Tuesday 27th November 2018

(performance starts at 8pm Sharp)
Wine and Mince Pie Interval Reception

Tickets €25 available from:
Margaret Dixon 086 845 1949
Michael & Eileen Griffin 086-8704365
Breda Hand 083-8248730


Morning Soirées in St Mary's Parish

(Soirees are Free, there is no charge)

French conversation - Mondays 10:30am -11:30am. in the Parish Bungalow
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation en francais. Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all are welcome to join in and take part in our morning of parler francais.

Irish Conversation - Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.30 am.
Room 4 of the Parish Centre.
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.

Genealogy - Thursdays - 10:30am -11:30am
in the Parish Bungalow.
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.

Photography - Fridays 10.30am - 11.30am
in the Parish Bungalow
Whether you are experienced or just taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

All welcome


Exciting Film Club in Lucan Library

Called ‘The Classic Crime Film Club’, films are shown at 6.30pm and are free to all.

The dates and films are as follows:

Touch of Evil
Wednesday 21st November 6.30pm.




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


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.


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.