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20 September 2020
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Articles without such will not be published.



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Lucan Tidy Towns

Some green-fingered gardeners in our community have been clearing out their gardens for winter and very generously offering us plants. This has been a great boost to us, especially since we are experiencing removal of newly planted shrubs and flowers on an ongoing basis - something which we find very disheartening.

Have you noticed our beautiful stone walls around Lucan? We are presently working on clearing and exposing the wall along Sarsfield Park coming down the hill into the village. Ensuring that there is sufficient greenery available for biodiversity purposes, we choose our areas with this in mind. We have some way to go to bring about a pollinator friendly village but we are learning to modify our ways in this regard.

We had a welcome visit from Michelle our new local South Dublin County Council area supervisor who joined us for a walkabout. She is very positive and enthusiastic about our village and its surrounds and the potential to enhance and develop it. Her particular focus is on Biodiversity so she was very complementary of our obvious efforts. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Michelle and her team in the Council.

Kevin O'Loughlin


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.

The summer flew by and with it, a very busy, but very virtual Heritage Week in August. The timing for getting our publication on the Graveyard inscriptions of the Church of the Blessed Virgin, Lucan Village, into print, coincided with the planning around our online Heritage Week material, and we were swamped with tasks. Since then we have also been hard at work lobbying in the background for our heritage and applying for funding for an urgent conservation project. However, we hope that most of you followed our updates online via our Facebook page, and via Twitter. We have much more in the coming weeks on events, projects, SOL calendar 2021 coming up, SOL keyrings for sale, and updates on our work.

Graveyard Recording Project: Church of The Blessed Virgin, Lucan On Sale Now!


Our new publication by Stephen Callaghan and SOL, 21 x 21 cm, 68 pp., illustrated with all colour photos, is now on sale. It contains a photo and written transcription of every gravestone in the graveyard in Lucan village; the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are very proud of the quality of the work and production. It is now on sale in Lucan Library for €15. We are also selling copies directly with P&P covered to anywhere in the ROI for €20 – please email if you wish to arrange a P&P order. We can facilitate orders to other locations on request. All profits go to SOL running costs. We are already moving on to photographic and full transcription recording of other historic graveyards in Lucan, starting with St. Mary’s church.

Lucan Village Signage Project: Sub-Group Update
The Lucan Village Signage group completed their research of Lucan street names and drew up a report (Jonathan Cully, John Colgan, and Mary Mulhall). We have been in contact with the Mayor of SDCC, Ed O’Brien, who has advised us that SDCC will be reviewing signage in the village in September, or very soon to this. We will be submitting the report as proposals for this signage in the consultation and hope that our recommendations will result in some quality street signage for Lucan village, based on the true names of the streets and lanes. Many thanks to Mary, John and Jonathan for their hard work.

Heritage Week: Summary of What We Did – Links Online To View
With the numbers rising rapidly we decided, very reluctantly, not to hold our Heritage Week tours at St. Finian’s church. However, we entered lots of our work to the online Heritage Week website.

You can still look at these online, and we have:
• Our historical tour of St. Finian’s here;

• Plus Jonathan Cully’s 3D digital reconstruction project of St. Finian’s medieval church, including details of how he created the project and the source of interior decoration here:

• Plus a drone tour by Paul Butler: – or just Google “Society for Old Lucan YouTube” and you’ll find it there.

We are now beginning work on recording our tours of St. Finian’s as short video/audio clips and linking it into the presentation, so that visitors can self-guide and still hear our tours. More on this next week.

New Blogs from Lucan Members on their Family History
• Catherine Kelly: my genealogy story (Ballydowd & Chapel Hill)

• The Merriman Family in Lucan - research by Caroline Lawless

Well done to Catherine and Caroline on these fascinating pieces of family history research. We would love to publish more short pieces online from you, our members. Have you got a short family, or local history story to tell? Get in touch with us here and we can upload your work to the website for you.

Committee: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Billy Sines, Darren Tully, Paul Butler and Jonathan Cully.
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St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

A group of members of the Camera Soiree went to see the exhibition of new paintings and photographs entitled “Shifting sands…a startling evolution” by the artist Kathrine Geoghegan who lives down the road in Straffan on Friday. It was only the third time that members have got together since we abandoned the bungalow last March. It was great to see each other face to face instead of exchanging cryptic comments via WhatsApp even if we had to be 2 meters apart and wore masks!


There is only one word to describe Kathrine’s exhibition – spectacular. Her unique portrayal of the natural world of the North Bull Island, a world that at best we take for granted and probably if we were to be totally honest don’t notice, lifted all our spirits in these difficult times.

As Kathrine says Bull Island is a treasure for plants, animals, birds and insects. It has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The exhibition comprises over forty paintings as well as two large photographic installations that capture close up the extraordinary variety of the island. In seeking inspiration for her wonderful work Kathrine walked the island exploring the different habitats through the four seasons of the year following the life of the mud flats, dune complexes, saltwater marshes, freshwater marshes and grassland dunes.

So this week instead of our usual selection of photographs taken by the members of the Soiree we have some photographs of the artwork on display. We hope that you get some sense of the wonderful artistry of Kathrine and that you appreciate and enjoy them as much as we did.

For those who are interested details of the exhibition and the art works themselves can be found at

Until the next time stay safe.


Palmerstown Camera Club

We have started our fantastic new season this month. We will be meeting via Zoom till January 2021. We have a great line up of photographers from UK and Ireland.

We very much welcome new members at novice, Intermediate or Advanced levels. See our new Schedule for 2020 on our facebook page or website: or email us at for information on how to join, or even come along for a couple of trial sessions before you join.


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Lucan Toastmasters

Are you as quiet as a mouse?
Do you hate speaking in public?
Do you want to make new friends?

If so, then Lucan Toastmasters is the place for you.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7.45 p.m. starting up again in September, and currently we meet on Zoom. Admission is free for new guests.

Email for an invitation.
A warm welcome awaits you.


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

The CIC office is closed for personal callers until further notice

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you can find comprehensive integrated information online at and you can get daily updates on what’s changed on Twitter at @citizensinfo. You can also get information and advice from: The Citizens Information Phone Service: Call 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm.

Our national call back service: Visit to request a phone call from an information officer. A limited number of appointments are being made in Citizens Information Centres offices where social distancing can be facilitated.

You can ring 0761 07 5000 and leave a message, and an information officer will return your call, or you can email and an information officer will reply to your email.

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South Dublin Co. Co. on Dumping

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 every day 8am-8pm, (including weekends) Please call 0818 222 024.