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21 May 2017
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Lucan Senior Citizens

Wed 24th May: Social Morning and Lunch in Spa Hotel 1030 – 2.00.

Wed 31st May: 10.30 – 12.30 Social Morning in Parish Centre.


Lucan Festival

Have your Say
Next week you have the opportunity to vote for a number of local proposed SDCC funded projects. Three of these projects are close to the heart of locals.

They are as follows:
Restoration of King John's Bridge on the Griffeen River at Esker. This is the oldest stone bridge in Ireland and has been the subject of countless efforts over the last 30 years for it to be restored before it disappears. Now it can be if you vote for it next week

. Heritage Trail in Lucan Village. The historic buildings will be signposted explaining the rich history and heritage of Lucan.

Christmas Lights in the Village: Over the years many complaints have surfaced on Facebook and other media about the lack of Christmas Lights in the Village. Next week if you vote for this a start can be made which can then be built upon over the next number of years.

You can vote online at htpp:// say/ between 22nd to the 26th May.
You can vote in person at Lucan Leisure Centre Griffeen Valley Park and St John the Evangelist National School Adamstown on Thurs 25th May between 6.30 to 8.30pm.

There is a list of 17 projects which are based in Lucan and Palmerstown but I'm sure you will give preference to the above which are long overdue.
Joe Byrne


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound 96.4FM were delighted to entertain the students at the official opening of Kishoge Community College last Friday. Well done to our presenters, Domhnaill and Seán who provided the music on the day. Thank you to the Principle and staff of Kishoge and to all the students who requested some great tunes!

A brand new programme called "The Big Kick Off" is starting this Sunday 21st May at 8 a.m. The 2 hour programme presented by Roy Shanahan and David Buggle is a mix of sport, music and interviews but the lads say its primary purpose is to make listeners smile, laugh and hear light hearted conversations!

Tune in to "Community Hour - Business" with Brendan Hackett next Wednesday 24th May from 9 p.m. Guests will include Niall Collins, from one of the oldest businesses in Lucan, Collins Butchers, and Orla Gleeson, Manager of Lucan branch of AIB.

The podcast of our Outside Broadcast from "Lucan Enterprise Community" in the Spa Hotel is now available on our Facebook page, you can also find a podcast of our AGM which was held in Ballyowen Castle Community Centre on the 27th April. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Lucan ICA

Tues 23rd: Arts & Crafts continue in Bungalow. Class continuing with 3D Embroidery with Pauline.

Wed 24th: We are celebrating our ICA Birthday with dinner and play “Duets”, in the Spa Hotel. There is a good number of our members attending – meet in the foyer at 6.30pm.

Thank you to Celine and David from South Dublin Partnership who were very helpful and gave an interesting talk on Care and Repair in the home.


Cúpla Focal Group

Last Friday we started a new group called Cúpla Focal which will meet on the last Friday of the month at 11am in Kay's Kitchen at Supervalu to have a coffee and a chat as Gaeilge. Go raibh maith agat Fr Philip for joining us and for presenting the Fáinne and the little badges. A big fáilte for anyone who wishes to join us.
I am the contact person and group organiser.
Caitríona McClean 086-3898327


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc

We are having an Open Morning as part of the Bealtaine Festival on 25th May in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall at 12 o’clock. We are having a Beetle Drive and putting on 3 Comedy Sketches. Followed by tea and cake. We have a great number of members going to Bord Gais to the show “Evita”.

Whist Results
19th Apr: 1st Marguerite Cunningham, 2nd Deirdre Waters, 3rd Bernadette Farrelly.
25th Apr: 1st Joan Collins, 2nd Mary C. McCarthy, 3rd Margo McDonagh.
2nd May: 1st Marguerite Cunningham, 2nd Joe Kinsella, 3rd Billy Doyle.
9th May: 1st Mary McCarthy, 2nde Joyce Fallon, Joint 3rd: Bernadette Farrelly, Mary C. McCarthy.
16th May: Marguerite Cunningham, 2nd Joyce Fallon, 3rd Deirdre Waters.


Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help.
Sunflower Days 10th & 11th June
If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Imelda on: 01 4911072 or


Lucan Drama

We are ready and rearing to go!!!
Looking forward to seeing you all, so sit back, relax and enjoy! Sincere thanks to all who supported us in any capacity with this production!

Proceeds from Tuesday going towards Martin Freeman's endeavours to climb Kilimanjaro in July when he will be raising funds for Pieta House.
Proceeds from bumper raffle on Friday night will go to St Francis Hospice.

For those who will be having the dinner it would be advisable to be in The Spa Hotel at 7 pm approx.

Contact: Bernie 0864015794; Sheila 0872547725
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Jobs Club

New Jobs Club on Monday 22nd May in the Muintir Na Tire building in Lucan village.

The Jobs Club is a 3 week programme designed to equip jobseekers with the tools they need to search and apply for jobs. The modules we cover are as follows:

C.V. Preparation (each individual will have a professional C.V. typed)
Cover Letters (how to write a targeted cover letter to accompany their C.V.)
Application Forms (guidelines on how to fill-out application forms online)
Rights at Work (Workplace rights including contracts and pay rates)
Personal Development (This module looks at self-esteem, goal setting and affirmations)
Job Searching (we use iPads in the Jobs Club to search and apply for jobs)
Networking (this module looks at how to access jobs on the open and hidden job market via networking)

The Jobs Club runs from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm for 3 weeks. Participants would attend daily.

There is a €60.00 payment given to each participant who successfully completes the Jobs Club to help with travel costs, parking expenses etc. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided to all participants.

People can contact me by email: or phone: 0876348375.


Free course for older people in DCU

Please register your interest now in a free course for older people in DCU
Third Age is compiling a database now of older people interested in joining a free course in Digital Skills in DCU this autumn. Third Age, a national organisation promoting the well-being of older people, has been delegated by the Department of Communications to provide this, part of the government’s Getting Citizens Online programme. The free 10-hour programme takes place over five weeks. It covers introduction to the Internet, Internet security and safety, email, search engines and websites, online government services, conducting everyday transactions, online voice and video calls and use of apps. The course is designed to inspire confidence in its intended audience of non-liners, and to create opportunities for successful self-learning.

To register your interest for DCU this autumn, please phone 046-9557766 or log on to for more information


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


Join Team Noble 5th June 2017

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon
#break the cycle of poverty
Tel: 01 645 5555


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Community Choir practise is now on Wed Mornings – 11am-1pm .Ideal for people living with dementia and their carers.
Contact Ann Harris – 0876057264


Mother and Toddler Group

Meeting in St Mary’s Parish Centre
Thursdays from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


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


Free Aspergers Support Group & Youth Club

Sat 11am - 1pm.
Castleknock Community Centre.

Contact: 0868204663


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


Could you foster a child?

We are seeking to recruit families or individuals to care for children and young people who cannot live at home.
Ideally you will have a spare room and time available to care for a child.
Foster families come in all shapes and sizes, from all cultures and backgrounds.
Assessment, training and support will be provided to all Five Rivers Ireland Foster Families.
There will also be access to our 24 hour on-call support.
For more information please contact: Five Rivers Ireland on 01-866 5291 or visit our website


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



Lucan Sarsfields GAA
Every Wednesday

€10 per book
Free Teas & Coffees
From 8.30pm
Over 18s only


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
Divine Mercy, Balgaddy


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