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31 July 2022
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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Articles without such will not be published.



We are taking our Summer Break from now until Sunday 28th August.

All items for that issue should be with us by Wednesday 24th August.

We hope all will have a happy and safe holiday time!


Lucan Planning Council

The public meeting at Sarsfield Park on Saturday has been postponed due to a key speaker having covid.

It will be rescheduled when he recovers. Residents will be informed.

Caitríona McClean, Secretary of Lucan Planning Council




Arthur Griffith Park 50th Anniversary

The year is 1972.....

Date: 20th of August 2022 at 2pm to 8pm

Memorial Mass for Deceased Past Residents

Family Fun Day, Music, Food, Bouncy Castles, Nostalgic Street Games for Kids, Face Painting, Performers, and much more..…..

1970's Fancy Dress

Venue: Arthur Griffith Park Lucan
Front entrance greens (extremely limited parking, event accessible by public transport C1, C2, L51).

This is a community event organised by local people so donations greatly welcomed.

For all enquiries contact the Arthur Griffith Park 50th Anniversary Committee:
Chairperson Anita O Kearney 0894366828 or Secretary Sarah Graham 0868619137.
Donation enquiries to go to our Treasurer Danielle Kearns 0852246218.


Lucan Festival

On the 12th and 13th August we will be holding a fund raising collection at shopping centres at SuperValu and Tesco.

We will also at that time have tickets for the Day in the grounds of Lucan House by kind permission of the Italian Ambassador.
Tickets cost €6 per adult (Children 12 and under free)

Full list of events will be in the next edition of the Newsletter.



St. Mary’s Camera Soirée


This week Joe was in Bray at the Air Show and sent in some fine photos of the planes in action. He says he waited at the end until the DART had been sorted out.

Josie was in the Dutch Style Sunken Garden at Farmleigh and sent in photos of the topiary that can be found there. Sunken gardens in various formal styles were popular in the early twentieth century.


The one at Farmleigh was created some time after 1907, probably by Edward Cecil Guinness. The design has some similarities with the sunken pond garden at Hampton Court. The fountain in the garden has been restored under the direction of OPW and the Carrara marble exposed. Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome and the Carrara quarries which are in Tuscany have produced more marble than any other place on earth.


We also had some beautiful sunsets. Conor sent in a sunset from somewhere in the West and Paddy captured the Poolbeg chimneys at sunset. The chimneys were built between 1969 and 1977 and are over 200 meters high. They are now listed as protected structures. While they only had a useful life of a mere 40 years and are no longer in use it would be difficult to imagine Dublin Bay without them.

Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!


Palmerstown Camera Club

As summer has finally reached us at Palmerstown Camera Club we are running photography outings to places like Castletown House, Glendalough, Malahide and Skerries to mention just a few.

At Lucan Library there is a scaled-down version of the photography exhibition which we held back in June in Palmerstown. We are also running a win a print competition at the library.

The below images are from last week’s Bray Air Display and were taken by Kevin Naughton one of our talented photographers in the club.




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


Primrose Hill Garden

Very top of Primrose Lane, Lucan
30th Anniversary
Open to the public every day during Heritage Week 13th August – 21st August
2pm – 6pm daily

Adults €6.00. Children Free.



SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join – join our mailing list at - where full details of our projects, events and news are shared.
Our private Facebook group is called “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” & we’re on Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan.

Paul Butler (SOL photographer & drone operator) has been encouraging SOL followers to get their Lucan photos into him ASAP for inclusion in our SOL Fundraising Calendar for 2023. Our calendar is a very popular seller every year and this year we want to have it ready for sale at Lucan Festival in September.

Because of this earlier deadline than previous years, if you have any good photos of Lucan, especially views of heritage around the area that are a bit more unusual or less well-known, we’d love to include them. Everyone whose photos are chosen will get a free calendar! The deadline for inclusion is this Sunday, 31st July. Please email all photo entries to

Paul says “The money raised from this fundraising helps us with the running costs of SOL so we can keep all our events free for everyone. The money raised from the calendar over the last few years have also helped us to reprint our information leaflets and to repair the window mullion back to its original place in St. Finian's Medieval Church. (See photos below)




This is a wonderful achievement by everyone in restoring a piece of our history by helping us with the calendar by providing photos and by purchasing them. It will also help us continue our work in SOL.

This year we plan to use our fundraising money from the calendars to updating our website professionally with a more updated design and a lot more content for users, as well as providing events throughout the year. Thank you all for your support.”

Heritage Week 2022 will run nationally 13 – 21st August. You can view events all around the country at

Unfortunately, we have encountered delays in securing a meeting with the historic graves’ workshop provider we’d secured funding for (funding from the Community Heritage Grant Scheme from the Heritage Council) in recent weeks, despite our best efforts. We are meeting him Thu 28th July to discuss dates that for the workshop, but at this stage (and at time of going to print) we anticipate it could be later, in the August – October period, before we can hold the workshops.

If we can run this event, or others, for Heritage Week, you will find it on our we

bsite so check the website closer to the time.

SOL are getting involved again with Lucan Festival for 2022!
Saturday 10th September: come along to the Demesne open day to visit our stand at the medieval church in Lucan Demesne (just to the left-hand side of the main access road to Lucan House) with information leaflets, and the SOL 2023 Calendar on sale (limited print run – buy now for Christmas!). We’ll have a self-guiding numbered walk throughout the demesne for people to follow, with lots of fascinating historical information on the church, who were the people buried there, who used to live in Lucan House, the story behind the tunnel under the road, what the bathhouse was used for, recent discoveries, and much more. Come and meet "Patrick Sarsfield" and "Elizabeth Vesey" walking around; we both lived in Lucan House in the distant past (17th Century & 18th Century), and we can tell you our stories!

On Sunday 11th we'll have our self-guiding information stands set up in the medieval graveyard to the rear of O’Neill’s pub and will be on hand to answer questions. Jonathan Cully will have his exhibition on Lucan's military set up in the graveyard for people to view.

(Excerpt…Link to Full Article Below)
By Paul Butler, Sol Photographer & Drone Operator


“If you have paid a visit to St. Finian’s medieval church and graveyard, in Esker, Lucan, recently you will have noticed that South Dublin Co. Council have installed handsome handmade railings around the vault area. This is part of the work that SOL have requested as part of the restoration work for the site. Using part of the old piece of railing remaining, they have recreated how the railings would have originally looked, with a gate at the front of the vault. SOL are delighted to have this work done as it greatly enhances the site and complements the rest of the restoration work of the last few years. This work has been done in association with SDCC and the Adopt a Monument scheme which we are involved with, to help protect this part of Lucan’s history for many generations to enjoy in the years ahead. So as part of the work required, they cleared out the floor area at the front of the vault. This revealed the steps that originally lead into the vault. This is where two new headstones were discovered that we never knew about. Even the previous inventory of gravestones and their transcriptions, made by Fr. Egan in 1989, available from SDCC Source online: didn’t record these gravestones, as they were only uncovered during these recent works…” For the rest of this fascinating article which covers Paul’s research, go to this blog post on our webpage:

As well as the fabulous ironwork installed recently around the vault at St. Finian’s, SDCC Public Realm has planted some lavender outside the stile entry to St. Finian’s, Esker. SOL members have been busy watering these plants in the recent dry spell when we could. Many thanks to Mary and Brendan who are also maintaining a regular litter-pick at the site, as it is now rare to see litter at the site. If you haven’t already done so, make sure to visit this beautiful site, and view our information panel just inside the gates too.

Helen Farrell (Chair), Elaine Hurley, Darren Tully, Paul Butler, Jonathan Cully, and Lesley Jenkins Blairsdale.
Contact us:


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


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