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30 July 2017
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Articles without such will not be published.


Summer Holiday break!

This week’s issue is our final edition before we take our 3-Week Summer break.

The next issue will be for Sunday 27th August. Notices for that issue should be with us no later than Wednesday 23rd August.

Thank you to all our readers and contributors – we hope you all enjoy this holiday time wherever you are!

Looking forward to hearing from you all again at the end of August!


Lucan Lions Club

Lucan Lions Club would like to thank all our supporters for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the Lions Club over the past year. We have had a wide range of fundraising and other activities and have contributed to a range of local organisations working in the community.

This is the centenary year of the establishment of Lions Clubs and Lucan Lions Club is entering the 30th year of its existence. Ray Barnes, who has just finished his term as President, was at the first meting 30 years ago. Over that period Lucan Lions Club has made a substantial contribution to enhancing the quality of life of those less well off in our community. Our support comes from the community and is returned to the community and this was demonstrated at our Awards Night in the Spa Hotel in May.

Congratulations to Seamus and Niamh Clandillon who received the Lucan Lions Club Presidents Award from President Ray Barnes for their outstanding contribution to the Lucan Community.

Congratulations also to our own member Kay Carroll who was presented with the Melvyn Jones Award for her contribution to Lucan Lions Club.

We look forward to your ongoing support over the next year. The following are the officers of the Club for 2017/2018.

President: Mattie McCabe
Secretary: Ger Moran
Treasurer: Kay Carroll
PRO: Ray Barnes

If you would like to Join the Lions Club call us 087 9006999.

Sincere thanks to the Lucan Newsletter for all the support for Lucan Lions Club. Enjoy the well-deserved break and we look forward to publicising our Lions events over the next year.


Lucan Tidy Towns

As the summer moves on and our friends in the Newsletter take a well-earned break, we want to say 'thank you' for the huge role you have played in highlighting and promoting our work throughout the year.

Help on the ground has also been given by many individuals - watering flowers, assisting with placing the new pots in position, mowing the grass at Lucan Heights, providing refreshments, supplying used coffee grounds for composting, to name but a few. Our friends in South Dublin County Council have been on hand to collect green waste and deliver mulch for our flower beds.

At this stage, we feel we have done our best, given our resources, to present all that is positive about Lucan village to the Tidy Towns adjudicator. We appreciate the complimentary feedback we are getting from the people of Lucan.

Like the 'Old Man River' we will 'keep on rollin'. Please join us in ensuring our pride in Lucan will continue to grow.


Palmerstown Camera Club

Every Wednesday evening the members of Palmerstown Camera Club continue to go on their weekly summer outings to different locations. We meet at the Ulster bank Palmerstown, at 7.30pm; new members are always welcome to join us.

Exhibition: From the 1st August to the 1st of September, we are holding an exhibition of our member’s photographs in Ballyfermot Library. The exhibition is open to the public.

Beginners’ Classes: Our new beginner’s classes will start on the 4th of Oct in the Parish Hall, Palmerstown. New members welcome.

Contact us on Facebook Palmerstown
Denis Brazil, PRO


Primrose Hill Gardens

Top of Primrose Lane, Lucan
Heritage Week 19th August – 27th August, from 2pm – 6pm daily
Adults: €6.00


Lucan Festival

The Festival line up is as follows:

Weds 6th Sept
Eamonn Lynskey
local poet reads from his recently published book "It's Time"
Lucan Library 6.30pm

Thurs 7th Sept
Guided tour of Historic Lucan Village

10.30am, St Mary's Car Park

Irish Women, the Vote and Politics 1918-1922
An informative talk by Claire McGing, lecturer Maynooth University.
8pm Presbyterian Church

Fri 8th Sept
4th/5th primary schoolchildren
question senior citizens about their memories of their schooldays.
Presbyterian Church 10.30am

Fireworks Display
8 pm, Liffey Weir
Public viewing area will be Weir View road, details nearer the event

Sat 9th Sept
Walk the grounds of Lucan House

1.30 to 5pm.
Historic areas of Lucan to see, Music, Falcon Demo, Gnomes Treasure Hunt and the Black Knights parachutists will be dropping in.
Adm by Ticket €5, children U12 free.
Tickets available at entrance from 12.30 or at 0867944074

South Dublin Model Railway Club will have an exhibition in the back lounge of Kennys Pub.
2pm to 6pm
See Lucan South Railway Station as it was in the 1950s and the narrow gauge line to Baldonnell (1917)

Sun 10th Sept
Main Street will be closed to through traffic from 11am to 7 pm
so we can enjoy the International Food Stalls, Jungle Dave's Reptiles, Puppet Show, Scouts Display, Rafting on the Weir, Pony rides at the Weir, Story Telling for children, Local Crafts Stalls, Bouncy Castles, Big Big Slide, Street entertainers and two stages where there will be a multitude of local and international Acts.

Model Railway show will also be on in Kennys. Duck race on the Griffeen.

The olde Cemetery behind O'Neills pub will be open to view.

The Garda Station will have their open day with the Garda band, mounted Garda Unit, vintage patrol cars, fingerprinting, motor bikes and lots of other items on display.

Please note any group/singers/dancers who wish to perform on stage you must submit your details to our stage manager at email by 20th August

Any general enquiries to


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Whist Results
20/6: 1st Frances Norton, 2nd Marguerite Cunningham, 3rd Michael Bradley.
27/6: 1st Marguerite Cunningham, 2nd Bernadette Farrelly, 3rd Robin Adamson.
4/7: 1st Maureen Carpenter, 2nd Micheael Bradley, 3rd Lil Kinsella.
11/7: 1st Mary McCarthy, 2nd Robin Adamson, 3rd Bernadette Farrelly.
18/7: 1st Marguerite Cunningham, 2nd RobinAdamson, 3rd Maureen Brady.
25/7: 1st Miriam Walsh, 2nd Michael Bradley, 3rd Mary McCarthy.

Whist continues throughout the summer.

Committee Meeting - 31st August, 3.30, Springfield Hotel.

Club will re-open 7th September. New members welcome.


Woodie's Heroes Campaign 2017

A hero is someone who is really brave, but sometimes even heroes need a little help. That’s why Woodie’s Lucan is raising money for the very special children and families supported by the charities Make-A-Wish, Temple Street, Jack and Jill, and Act for meningitis. The little boys and girls need you. Please donate whatever you can to do your bit to make a real difference to their lives. We will have a number of events happening through-out the month of August which include a stationary bike cycle every Saturday that our colleagues will participate in, a raffle with numerous prizes and we will also be visited by Q102 on Thursday the 3rd of August from 11-1pm who will be handing out goodies to our customers, So make sure you visit our Lucan branch on a regular basis so you don’t miss out. Woodie’s heroes. Supporting brave children with your help.


Help us with our research and receive €40!

We are looking for healthy, 35-60 year-old volunteers to participate in a scientific study in Trinity College Dublin. You will be asked to complete questionnaires and simple computerised tasks while wearing a cap to record brain activity.

Please contact our research team for more information: 085 785 4489, and


Age Action


Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!)

Learn how to:
Search the Internet Send & Receive emails
Shop and book flights
Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!
Courses run once a week for 5 or 6
Classes are run in Tallaght, Ballyfermot, Inchicore, Leixlip and City Centre
If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course Tel: (01) 475 6989


Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Craobh Leamhcáin/ Lucan Branch
Irish traditional music
We have openings for our music groups and Céilí Bands for U12, U15 and U18. Piano players and drummers welcome.

Classes available for all levels and ages in Whistle, Flute, Bodhrán, Guitar, Harp, Pipes, Banjo/mandolin, Fiddle, Concertina Button and Piano Accordion.

Pre-instrumental class available for Jnr and Snr infants.

Instrumental rentals are subject to availability and deposits.

Registration for 2017-2018 will take place on Wed 13th Sept in Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig, Castle Road, Lucan.

Check or email for more information.


Sarsfield Park Mass

There will be a special outdoor Mass, on the green in Sarsfield Park for deceased former residents and their extended families on August 20th at 3pm. The celebrant will be Fr Joe Poole.

If residents so wish, perhaps it might be a good idea to bring along a chair, especially for more senior citizens.


Alzheimer Cafe Leixlip Summer Social

Interested in seeing what our Cafe is all about?
Join us at our Summer Social on Wednesday August 9th, 7pm to 9pm
At Alzheimer Cafe Leixlip, The Conservatory, Ryevale Nursing Home., Leixlip, Co Kildare

We hope to see all our regulars and some new faces too. Great introduction to the Cafe if you are wondering what we are all about.

Hopefully the sun will shine but fear not, lots of refreshments, song, dance and chat regardless of what the Irish weather throws up.

For more information about the cafe:
Phone: 089 4933533
Website: www.
Or log on to our Facebook Page


Volunteers needed for Study at Trinity College Dublin

Are you aged 60 or older?
Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are conducting a study on the association between effort and reward involving grip strength.

You will be asked to fill in some short questionnaires and then complete a simple task that involves collecting tokens on a screen by squeezing a hand-held controller. We are interested in collecting information on the range of individuals’ grip strength in different tasks. You will be able to choose which tasks to complete and which to skip.

To volunteer for this study or for more information please call Dr. Deirdre Robertson on 01 896 4102 or email
Your personal information will be held in complete confidence.


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


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


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
Hillcrest Day – Today News

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.



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