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13 June 2021
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Alternately email notices/reports to any of the above addresses


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

The weather did play ball last Friday morning and those of us who were free had our field trip, this time to Carton House where we walked along the marked walking trails and took some fine photos.




Last week a flood of photos were circulated on our WhatsApp group too late to be considered by the editor for publication in last weekend’s edition of the Newsletter. For no apparent reason there seemed to be an emphasis on nature photography with phots of squirrels, bees, birds feeding and two beautiful photos of the male and female damselfly. I understand the one in the beautiful blue livery is the male! Next week I will submit to the editor some of the photos taken in Carton House on our last field trip and also some taken recently in Kilgar Gardens in Kilcock.


This weekend in the light of the relaxation in the rules around outdoor meetings members of the Soiree are meeting each other in person outdoors this Friday for the first time since last December. We hope to be able to share a cup of tea together and talk about future plans for the group.


Until next week stay safe!


Lucan Tidy Towns

Our local Tidy Towns People have been busy taking care of the green space overlooking the village at the top of Esker Hill, and are deliberately leaving most of this area so nature can do her work.






This work was carried out last Saturday morning.

Kevin O'Loughlin


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

COVID-19 19 has changed the service we offer to the public. Our drop-in service is not currently available, but we are taking phone calls, answering emails, and providing a call back service.

Call us on 0761 07 5090, leave a message with your name and number and we will get an Information Officer to return your call within 2 working days.

Or you can email your query to us at and someone will reply.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) 0761 07 4000 operates on Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over twenty years. MABS Clondalkin phone 0761 07 2270 or email

Know your rights: Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
This news item was posted on June 3, 2021

I am getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. I have one child starting school in September. Can I qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance?

Yes, you can. To qualify for this payment which helps with back to school costs, you must be getting a social welfare payment or taking part in a training, employment or adult education scheme. People getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, the Working Family Payment or the Back to Work Family Dividend can qualify. Your application will be means-tested and your total family income must be below a certain level for your family size.

Your children must be aged between 4 and 22 on 30 September 2021. If they are aged between 18 and 22 they must be in full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2021. In general, you must be getting an Increase for a Qualified Child with your payment.

The Allowance is €150 for children aged between 4 and 11 and €275 for children aged between 12 and 22. It is paid automatically to many families before 21 June 2021 to let you know.

You need to apply online for the BTSCFA, if you do not get a letter confirming your payment. If any of your children are aged 18 or over, you must apply for the BTSCFA for them and show evidence that they are in second-level education (even if automatic payments have issued for other children in your family).

From 21 June 2021, you can apply for BTSCFA online through You must have a Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account to apply online. If you have difficulties applying online, you can contact the BSCFA section on 071 91 93318 or 0818 11 11 13. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2021.

Read more about the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance and you can read detailed guidelines on

Women's Aid 24-hour Freephone on 1800 341 900

Rape Crisis Centre 1800 778 888 - 24 hour

Men's Aid - 01 554 3811 - 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday


Age Action for all Older People

Age Action are offering five hours tutoring, remotely, to anyone who needs support using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, how to use video calling to see your loved ones etc.

For more information, please call 01 4756989 or email


Lucan Library

For information on events in Lucan and South Dublin Libraries, see our ‘Archive’ edition in PDF format. Scroll down to ‘Archive’, and click on the date


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village
Collins Butchers, Main Street
Lynchs / Centra

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


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.