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19 January 2020
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


Please Note:

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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wednesday 22nd January: Social Morning in Parish Centre 10.30am to 12.30pm.

In December 2019 two of our friends and colleagues passed away unexpectedly, Carmel Clarke and Tess Keogh. Both were valued and much loved members of our committee. We remember both for their kindness and great sense of fun. Tess’s apple tarts were legendry.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to both families.
May their gentle souls rest in peace.


Sarsfield Park and District Residents Association

We will be holding the next meeting on Tuesday the 21st January at 8pm in Kenny’s Function Room.


Lucan Active Retirement Association

Whist Results
Tuesday 14th January
1st: Marguerite Cunningham
2nd: Mary McCarthy
Joint 3rd: Michael Bradley, Joe Kinsella, Niall Marron


Genealogy Soirées

Happy New Year to all family historians and a reminder that the Genealogy Soirée will resume on January 23rd at 10.30am
Mary J


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 in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip at 7.45 p.m. Admission is free for new guests.

While guests are always welcome, this coming Thursday January 23rd is our Guest/Open Night when we hope to welcome lots of guests.

Check our facebook page for more details.


Lucan Drama - Dinner and Theatre Nights

Lucan Drama will stage two One-Act comedies in the beautiful Honora D. Restaurant at Lucan Spa Hotel.

The first play entitled Chocolate is directed by Jack C. Flanagan, the second entitled All in the Timing is directed by Vini Casey. You can enjoy lovely cuisine in luxury and view the play from your table. The dates for your diary are Friday 7th February and Saturday 8th February at 7.30pm. This promises to be two wonderful nights of food and fun entertainment.

Lucan Drama held its Christmas/New Year dinner last Saturday night in the Majestic Honora D. Restaurant in Lucan Spa Hotel. This was a wonderful and fun night with gorgeous food, excellent service and convivial company.

Chairperson Jack C. Flanagan received the Member of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to Lucan Drama. This magnificent trophy has been donated by Mr. Frank Colgan of Lucan Spa Hotel in remembrance of his dear mother’s love of Drama and is presented by him to the recipient annually. It is a truly historical momentum and Lucan Drama are deeply appreciative of Mr. Colgan’s generosity and support.

Finally, we will have news of Readings for our full length play very shortly.

For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or e-mail Or Phone Jack: 0860666626 or Lucan Drama: 0894900429.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Date for your diary…..
Ahead of the upcoming General Election, Liffey Sound will be hosting a town hall election forum on Tuesday the 28th of January in Adamstown Youth and Community Centre at 7.30pm. All the Dublin Mid-West candidates will be invited to this event. If you have any questions that you would like our presenters to ask on the night, please email More details soon. or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community Radio Station!


Lucan Men’s Shed

Writing can be a lonely occupation.
It provides a certain personal satisfaction, but the writer often wonders, not only about who reads his written words, but how does the reader react?
If you are spurred into action, if you must go and do something, as a result of what you have read, then the writer will have achieved his purpose.

How often have you read notices from Lucan Men's Shed?
Have you been tempted to follow up on information provided?
Why not come along and pay a visit to the Shed, because it could be just what you want and need. If you live in Lucan or in the vicinity, are over 18 years and you could be looking for something new, the Shed is open from1000 to 1400, Monday to Thursday, at the rear of the IWA building at Broadmeadows, Newcastle Road, accessed through the second gateway on the right after you have crossed the road bridge.

It's interesting how people get to know each other quickly, are not strangers for long and can cooperate in getting on with projects. Regular readers of Shed reports will know, but may never have seen, progress made in our upper floor facility, now a social area, where tea, coffee and biscuits are on hands for members and visitors alike, not to forget great conversations.

Our job concentration has moved to the ground floor, to be converted into a work/project/activity area, in respect of which we have agreed an action plan. Bringing the plan to fruition will happen, step by step, but it will happen. There is plenty of time and no shortage of ideas.

We plan to do it properly.


Society for Old Lucan (Sol)

January 2020
SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join - email Facebook group; “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” & Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan.

Sol Events:
Dates for your Diary for Feb and March

1. February Sol Event: Free Sol Local History Walk

Saturday 15th February 12 – 13.30.
Booking will be online, will be advertised here, and will open last week in January.

2. March Sol Event: Guided Tour of Castletown House, Including Visit to Archives
Saturday 7th March 15.00 – 16.30
Local charge of 5 euro (this is a reduced rate for SOL members).
Booking will be online, will be advertised here, and will open last week in January.

Report on Last Sunday’s event, at St. Finian’s Church, Esker: Demo in Archaeological Planning
We were delighted so many hardy people turned up to visit us last Sunday, and it was great to see the enthusiasm people had for learning more about the history and archaeology of the area. Billy Sines, archaeologist, is putting the final touches this week to his site plan of the church, and this will be of great use to us in the future. We are already planning to run this event again in the late spring/early summer, and expand the research further in the meantime, so if you missed it this time around, you’ll have another chance this year to attend.

Lucan and United Irishmen 1798 Over the last while we have read a number of primary and secondary sources that give names and details of some men involved with the United Irishmen (UI) from Lucan. It is reported in a British newspaper of the time that 90 UI supporters were slaughtered by the military “in the neighbourhood of Lucan”, but we don’t know the exact location yet. We already knew that the mail had been attacked, and Blair’s iron works in the village were raided.

Yet prior to that, Lucan was considered a “key United Irish meeting place”. Oral history records that James Napper Tandy (one of the founding members of the United Irishmen) regularly read the newspaper to Lucan’s villagers, in the area that the Ball Alley now stands. We have other leads too that deserve a closer examination. In one academic publication there was the suggestion that Fr. McCartan (who was tragically murdered on Chapel Hill in 1807) may possibly have been a recruiter for the UI, so this definitely needs more investigation. The importance of Lucan and Lucan people to the 1798 rebellion needs further exploration and clarification.

Committee: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Billy Sines, Darren Tully, Paul Butler and Jonathan Cully.
Contact us:


Lucan St Patrick’s Day Parade

Lucan St Patrick’s Day Parade celebrate 30th years this year, forms will be out next week.

Anyone willing to help out on the day more than welcome we always need stewards


Free Dietitian led DISCOVER DIABETES Course for Type 2 Diabetes

in Ballyfermot Library.
DISCOVER DIABETES is a FREE 4 week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes and is run by your local dietitian. It runs for 2.5 hours each week for 4 weeks.

What is covered in the course?
Session 1: Learn about what diabetes is and how you can manage it.
Session 2: How to eat healthily and manage your weight
Session 3: Learn more about carbohydrates and how to read food labels.
Session 4: Planning for the future and living well with diabetes

The DISCOVER DIABETES course is starting Wednesday 29th January and every Wednesday up to and including Wednesday 19th February in the morning in Ballyfermot Library.

Places are limited and you must register to attend.
Call Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Co-ordinator on 01 7958054 to register and find out more information.



Free Structured Dietetic Care & Education Programme For People With Type 2 Diabetes!
Community Dietitians are running X-PERT, a 6 week group programme that provides dietetic care and diabetes education.

DESMOND is a 6 hour programme to learn more about your Type 2 Diabetes. Please call Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Education Co-ordinator on 076 6958054for more information and to book your place.

SMOKING CESSATION SUPPORT: QUIT. Visit, call 1800 201 203, or join



Transport Users

A new form of camera detection traffic offences is being considered. It is already in operation in Northern Ireland with a hundred percent detection rate. If a vehicle enters a bus lane in Belfast even by mistake the vehicle is instantly detected and fine is issued through the post. Many drivers are unaware of this law until they get the fine in the post. This is over the top in traffic enforcement with the car as the easy target. This is to make users aware if the travel to Belfast by car not to enter a bus lane under any circumstances even to ask directions. This type of over enforcement should be avoided in this jurisdiction at all cost as it over penalizes accidental mistakes.
T. Newton 086 3127364


Lucan Local History presents......

150 Years of Stewart's Care
The pathway to the present


A talk by Pat O'Donoghue on his new publication of the same name. In this talk Pat will enlighten us about the History of one of Ireland's famous hospitals from the 19th Century to the present day.

The talk will be in Lucan Library Tuesday 21st January from 7 - 8 pm and you can book by contacting the Library or booking through Eventbrite.




Celbridge Mill Community Centre
Facebook “The Mill Community Centre”
Phone 01 6288556

Mini Indoor Soccer Coaching for boys and Girls 5-9 years .Sunday Morns 10-12. Starts Jan 19th

Starting soon Fitness Class for Arthritis sufferers. Pickle ball Racquet for over 50s. Be Active – Be alive fitness class for the over 50s

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


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.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village Collins Butchers, Main Street
Lynchs / Centra

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Foleys Chemist
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro
Maxol Service Station

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


“Shine” Carers Group

(Blackrock, Co Dublin)

Carers Group Meeting - Mental Illness
The Carers of those who are affected by Mental Illness.

First Monday each month at 20.00 (2nd Monday if 1st Monday is Bank Holiday)

Centre for Living: (Top of) Carysford Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin

For more details see our website:


Senior Line

Do you need someone to talk to?
Senior Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people anywhere in Ireland - Freephone 1800 80 4591.
Senior Line is open from 10am – 10pm, 365 days a year.



Do you ever feel there is something better you could do with your free time? Would you like a new opportunity to do something meaningful and rewarding? Does your day-to-day work ignore some of the valuable life skills you have built up over the years? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, we may have the answer for you. Aware is currently recruiting for its Support Services. A three-hour weekly commitment that can and does make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families who are dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Aware will provide you with training and ongoing support. We need people who are reliable, empathic and are willing to commit to volunteering with Aware for at least eighteen months, to join our team. This could be a great opportunity to develop a new focus in life. Why not have a look at our website and read more about the opportunities available?

We are now accepting volunteer applications with training starting in February 2019.
More information and application is available on now (see ‘volunteering’).


Tús Care & Repair

South Dublin Co. Partnership
Free Community Service

Tús Care & Repair provides a free odd job service for people and organisations that are eligible within our local community.

Examples of work we do:
Minor gardening jobs (e.g. mowing lawns, trimming hedges etc.). Small painting jobs, hanging curtain rails, putting up shelves, minor DIY jobs considered.

Examples of work we do NOT do:
We do not undertake, construction, plumbing, electrical work, cleaning of gutters at unsuitable heights, insulation.

If you can tick any of the following boxes you may be eligible for this service:
- A resident in South Dublin
- Senior Citizen
- Have a long-term illness or disability
- Are referred from a support worker/health service
- Are a community/voluntary organisation

How is works
- You contact your local office and describe the job
- A member of the Care & Repair team will visit you and assess the job
- A member of the office will then contact you with a start date
- A team of two or more will carry out the job
- All work must be signed off after completion
- If demand becomes too high waiting list may apply.

The Care & Repair team consists of voluntary Tús workers who have put themselves forward for this project. They all are committed to improving the lives of senior citizen and people with mobility issues in our community. In order to reassure and give peace of mind to our service users, all of our workers have been Garda vetted and carry company ID cards.

We have excellent good will between our service users and our workers since the project began and we are always looking for opportunities to be of assistance within our community.
Some jobs might be too big, but never too small...

For further information please contact:
Tallaght Office 086 0270821,
Clondalkin Office 086 0424983

Office opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm
Main Building
Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
ACE Enterprise Park
Unit 10, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.




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


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.