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17 March 2019
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When emailing reports for publication in Lucan Newsletter, please make sure to send them to at least two email addresses

Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

Rose – Sports / Politics

Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


Please Note:

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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday 17th March 2018

PARADE ASSEMBLES: At Tesco for 2pm Sharp, please be in position by 2.30 pm

For Running Order, please see Lucan Newsletter hardcopy, or view in archives


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Lucan Live
On Tuesday's "Lucan Live" Maria Murphy spoke with librarians Siobhan McCrystal (Stewards Hospital) and Sean Rafferty (Lucan Library). On Wednesday, Brendan Hackett's guests were Councillor Paul Gogarty & Eamon Tuffy who discussed the Clonburris development, safety audits of bridges in Lucan and the new Lucan electoral area. Brendan also spoke with Anita Kopenhofer & Kate Mc Carthy from Inchicore Outreach Domestic violence centre. You can listen back to both programmes via podcast on our website. or catch up on Facebook

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


Charity Quiz Night

in aid of
Breakthrough Cancer Research
with all funds going directly to fund cancer researchers working on the hardest-to-treat cancers.

Friday 5th April at 8pm
Location: Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club

For more information call Sarah on 0867709685
or email




Lucan ICA

Sunday 17th March: Wishing all members, friends and Newsletter Staff a very happy Lá Fhéile Phádraig, enjoy the Parade etc, hope the weather will be kind.

Tuesday 19th March: Craft morning 10am ‘til 12.30pm. Keep up the good work, Ladies. Howth Show only 6 weeks away.

Wednesday 20th March: Social Night. We will have a few games of Scattergories – come and enjoy a bit of craic.

We wish to thank the members of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann who entertained us on Wednesday night with wonderful music and singing. Well done Aine and Cian. It was nice to see so many members come to enjoy the evening.


John McCormack

A Celebration of the Man and Music
Jim Ryan, member of the John McCormack Society, will share the music, life and genius of this truly remarkable Irish man.

When: Tuesday 19 March at 7.30pm
Venue: The Coach House, Palmerstown, Dublin 20


Daffodil Day

Coffee Morning, Cake & Gift Sale
Friday 22nd March
9am - 1pm

Church of Ireland Parish Centre, Main Street, Lucan

All Welcome



Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Invite you to:
An Evening of Gourmet Dining With Ireland AM Celebrity Chef – Joe Shannon
On Saturday 27th April 2019
In The Boyne Suite, Lucan Spa Hotel

Canape Reception at 7pm Sharp
Tickets €45


Spring comes to Lucan Drama

We, at Lucan Drama are delighted to announce that our Spring production has now been cast and rehearsals are underway. The play is entitled Peg O’ My Heart, an English comedy of manners by James Hartley Manners, a very apt genre for this aptly named playwright. It is a fast-paced, hilarious comedy set circa early 1900s in an aristocratic British household where the reading of a will creates havoc and sets the stage for the arrival of a young Irish relation called Peg.

Readings took place over two nights in the Spa Hotel where there was a wonderful turnout. Great fun was had by all in a pleasant, light-hearted atmosphere created by director Breda Guy –Kelly. There are nine roles in the play, four female and five male, all of varying ages. The actors are all experienced and many will be very familiar to Lucan audiences. We wish Breda and her cast and crew the very best of luck with rehearsals in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Mr. Frank Colgan and his staff for rehearsal space and kind support.

For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or e-mail
Or Phone: Sheila 6282827 or Lucan Drama: 0894900429.


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join - email We have an active Facebook group, “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” and Twitter as @Soc4OldLucan.

Date for your diary: Saturday 23 March
Join SOL members (16+ only) for a hands-on clean-up of St. Finian’s medieval church and graveyard. We’ll be litter-picking and doing light pruning/planting on the verge. If YOU would like to join us, please email to register your interest, as we need to contact you in case of adverse weather, and to ensure we have safety gloves etc. for people attending.

Any queries please email:

SOL Committee: Helen Farrell (Chair), Elaine Hurley, Darren Tully, Stephen Callaghan, Billy Sines, Paul Butler.


Elizabeth Mc Nicholas' Recovery Fund

To see progress on Elizabeth's situation to date, please look up:-
Team Elizabeth - Home/Facebook online. Included here are direct lodgement details to the 'Elizabeth Mc Nicholas Trust/Team Elizabeth' in Permanent TSB, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

To donate online, type in:
Elizabeth Mc Nicholas and scroll down to "Dubliner Elizabeth Mc Nicholas Offered Life - Changing Spinal Surgery …"
Under, scroll down to:
And click on this to open up the Donate Now online facility.

Your support is greatly appreciated.


People’s Art & Craft Fair Lucan 2019

Open call for artists and crafters to participate in this year’s
“People’s Art & Craft Fair”,
Saturday April 13th- 14th.

The venue is Church of Ireland Parish Centre & St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Lucan.

The fee to enter for artists is €40 per stand and 10% commission on sales of Art & Prints, and €40 per 6ft table for crafters.

Please contact us at for a booking form as soon as possible as places will fill up quickly and we have limited space.

We look forward to hearing from you!


“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:


Mother and Toddler Group

10.30am to 12 noon
Each Thursday
in St. Mary’s Parish Centre
All Welcome



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’).


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu), Upper Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
March 24th – Harmony

Contact No: 01-6166981


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.




Koins for Kids

If you have any old coin of any kind that needs a new home, please give it to us!! You can drop same into St Mary's Sacristy or St Mary's Parish Office.

We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of life-saving equipment, an M.R.I. machine, for "The New Children's Hospital" when building is complete.

Damien Douglas, Lucan.
Ph. 087 9519222


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


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.


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.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village 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


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.