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18 October 2020
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Articles without such will not be published.



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St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

Well we hope that you enjoyed the excellent photographs in last week’s Newsletter of the sterling work of the Tidy Towns Group here in Lucan.


The members of St. Mary’s Camera Soiree have been capturing some beautiful autumnal shots of berries, fungi and deer. Some members of the group have even ventured out for some night time photography. At the same time they have been selecting the best of their photographs for the virtual photographic exhibition.


I mentioned previously that we would miss the buzz of physically printing, mounting and hanging the photographs if we were able to go ahead in the Parish centre as normal. However there are other issues to be resolved because the exhibition is virtual, giving a different kind of buzz - not least why some photographs will not open in my photography software.

However never fear all problems will be overcome and we expect the exhibition to be on the St. Mary’s Parish website starting the weekend of 31st October. Again many thanks to the priests of the parish for facilitating us in our efforts.


Until the next time stay safe.


Lucan Library Halloween Events

Where did we get Halloween and how old is it?
How did it fare when Christianity came to Ireland?
Are there witches, goblins, vampires, and zombies?
Why do we make Jack O' Lanterns and carve out pumpkins?

These questions and many more will be answered by Mike Moylan from Irish History Live as he regales children with the blood curdling truths of Halloween in his fun history Zoom show, HALLOWEEN!!! (brought to you by Lucan Library).

The Zoom show will take place at 4pm on Wednesday 28th October, aged for children 8-12 and you can book a place via

Have you ever wondered why Victorian Dublin produced two of the most seminal writers of Vampire fiction, Le Fanu and Stoker?

As middle class Protestants in Catholic Ireland, did they relate to the outsider status of Vampires?
Was Dublin laden with inspiration for such gothic horror ie. Marsh's Library, St. Michan's Church?
Was Dublin itself a factor, the second City of the Empire, more in common with that imperial system than rural celtic Ireland?

Jarlath Killeen, Associate Professor of Trinity College and contributor to the Irish Journal of Gothic and Irish Studies, will discuss such issues, on Lucan Library's Halloween special Zoom talk, Victorian Dublin and Vampire Literature.

This adult talk will be on the 29th October at 7pm and is available to book at


Lucan Men’s Shed

Hard to believe that we closed down almost seven months ago, advised our members of government's instructions and locked up for what could have been the last time.

So much has happened since then, in all of our lives, much of it quite unbelievable. COVID-19, then a strange name for a viral infection quite unknown, has been cruel and pernicious in its sinister effects. At times we seem to have exhausted our descriptive vocabulary in attempts to put into words what has happened to us, as individuals and collectively.

So often it has been said and written that things will never be the same again, that we have been changed utterly by recent experiences. An overpowering, ongoing situation, changing from day to day, is both upsetting and confusing, leaving us at a loss to know how to react. At a time such as this, both the best and the worst can be observed in public behaviours. It is hoped that the former will outweigh the latter.

Since we closed, the members of Lucan Men's Shed have remained in contact with each other, at two levels at least. Our six-member committee has held a monthly meeting since last March, during which we have kept Shed affairs under review and have updated administrative details. Secondly, for those who wanted to participate, a weekly walk has been organised by a Shed member, an idea which has been well-supported and enjoyed by all, in a different venue each time. Where we may walk for an hour or so has been relatively unimportant, because the enjoyment is in the meeting together and the chat.

Committee Meetings are no longer held face-to-face, in fact we haven't seen each other for a while. The answer is Zoom, a facility relatively easy to use and few technical problems, so far. Most of the time, both audio and video links are possible. While Zoom may be the answer for meetings, another solution is impossible for walks, considering the current advice in the Covid-19 context, where we must cut down on our contacts to limit the virus spread.

Our walks have been abandoned, it being irresponsible to do otherwise. It's dangerous out there, no one can afford to be careless and we are individually in charge of own destiny.


Lucan Community Garden

Are you interested in establishing a community garden in Lucan?
Please email with your contact details

All welcome


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village Collins Butchers, Main Street
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Texaco Service Station

Esker area
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Dodsboro area
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Maxol Service Station

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


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.

MABS the Money Advice and budgeting Service
If you’re behind in your mortgage payments, you may be worried about losing your home.
Talk to your lender. If you can’t - talk to MABS.
MABS now has a dedicated confidential, free, and independent mortgage arrears service.
MABS is a one-stop-shop for mortgage debt advice and referral.
No matter what your situation is, MABS will help you work out the next steps.

Take control of what happens next.
Call MABS today on 0761 07 2000 for independent information, advice and referral.


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.