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16 May 2021
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

Rose – Sports / Politics

Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


Please Note:

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Articles without such will not be published.


Great to be back…..

We at Lucan Newsletter are delighted to be back in print, after such a long break having had 18 issues online only.

Thank you to our advertisers for their patience. We have been running the ads online, on our ‘community’ page, but now that we are back in print, this will be discontinued, and ads will appear in hard copy only. Payment was not deducted for online ads, so we’ll just pick up from where we left off last January.
Regarding our Annual Block Advertisers, who usually renew their ads in July, we’ll be in touch with you shortly – your ads will continue to run in the meantime.

Big Thank You to all who sent in notes and articles over the past few months, keeping us afloat.

PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT operating from the Newsletter Office at the moment, but leave your ads, queries or notices in the letter box at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, before 10pm on Wednesday night, and we’ll collect and look after them.

Notes, reports, anniversaries etc. may be emailed to any of the following:

Advertisements plus payment should be left in in the letter box at the Parish Centre.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village
Collins Butchers, Main Street
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Texaco Service Station

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St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Tune into Liffey Sound 96.4FM next Wednesday the 19th of May for the following programmes:

3pm - "Lucan Live" presented by Maria Murphy

4pm - "Indie Groove" - Dan Brady presents the best of Indie music and reviews the latest releases

5pm - Media students from Maynooth University discuss a range of topics; How Covid has affected their families, Gender roles in Media, Racism and Mental health plus they interview 2 up-and- coming Irish artists

Stay safe and well - The Liffey Sound team!

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community Radio Station or catch up on Facebook


Lucan Senior Citizens

On Wednesday 12th we remembered Maureen Deegan at Mass on her 1st Anniversary R.I.P. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and the family at this sad time.


We hope all our members are enjoying the extra freedom from this week, and we look forward to seeing everyone during the summer.

Take care and stay safe!


Lucan Tidy Towns

On Friday last, 7th May, we had a most enjoyable morning with the 4th Year students of St. Joseph's College. These young aspiring environmental scientists, led by their teacher, Ms Michelle Dunne and supported by Ms Linda Ennis, walked up through Vesey Park, taking random samples of the water in the Griffeen River. They were participating, on behalf of Lucan Tidy Towns, in WaterBlitz 2021, a DCU organised event taking place from 7th - 10th May 2021 in conjunction with Earthwatch Europe.


Citizen scientists countrywide were asked to sample and test the water quality in their local river, lake, pond or stream for nitrates and phosphates, using kits supplied to them. This same event took place in a number of European cities, including London and Paris. The students tested the samples and later the results were uploaded and sent to Earthwatch Europe's FreshWater Watch website. The WaterBlitz Team at DCU coordinated the whole event, encouraging organisations to get involved. Our 4th Year students, on their own initiative, made a TicToc video of the event which was submitted to DCU. The WaterBlitz Team was so pleased with this that they awarded the students a special certificate. Well done girls!!

Monday, 10th, our second day of testing water was a little more sedate, with just ourselves, Tidy Towns volunteers involved. Nevertheless, a very interesting and healthy morning was spent testing the quality of the water further upstream the River Griffeen. Birdie

Results to follow but looking reasonably healthy, in spite of obvious litter in places.
Many thanks to all who participated.

Kevin O'Loughlin


Oral history project sheds light on the experiences of people under probation supervision in the Dublin region

The experiences of people confined to institutions such as prisons, mother and baby homes, Magdalene laundries and industrial schools, have received significant attention in recent years. However, the historical experiences of people under probation supervision in the community have been largely forgotten.

The Histories of Probation project, led by Dr Louise Kennefick (Maynooth University) and Dr Deirdre Healy (University College Dublin) aims to uncover and document people’s experiences of probation supervision. The researchers would like to hear from anyone placed under probation supervision by the courts in the 1960s or 1970s, whether this was a probation order, community service order, suspended sentence or temporary release.

Dr Kennefick explains why this project is so important: “We believe that this project will provide a better understanding of the history of the Probation Service, which may help to improve policy and practice in the future. We would like to know what it was like to be under supervision during the 1960s and 1970s, whether those experiences were helpful, unhelpful or irrelevant to people’s lives.”

“We hope that people will be willing to come forward and share their stories with us. The more people who participate, the more useful the findings will be. While the Probation Service has expressed support for the project, it is important to say that the study is not being conducted by or on behalf of the Probation Service, which means that all information will be kept confidential.”

During the first phase of the project, the researchers interviewed probation officers about their experiences of working during the 1960s and 1970s. Probation officers described their role at this time as being to ‘advise, assist and befriend’ clients and as having a strong community and vocational ethos. Probation officers also spoke about a lack of state-funded rehabilitation services, which impacted on their ability to help clients build better lives or move away from crime. To compensate, many innovated by introducing new programmes or drew on existing services in the community, including those provided by religious orders and voluntary lay organisations such as the Legion of Mary.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the Probation Service was a small and largely voluntary service but has since evolved into a nationwide, professionalised organisation with a social work ethos. Today, probation officers play a crucial role throughout the criminal justice process; for example, providing pre-sanction reports to courts, supervising offenders in the community, and working with prisoners in custody and after release. In 2019, the Probation Service received 3,626 referrals from courts in the Dublin region. CSO statistics show that 30.8% of Dublin residents placed under supervision in 2016 were reconvicted within one year of completing a supervision order. “However, these figures cannot tell us whether probation supervision helped people to stop offending or how it impacted on their lives,” Dr Kennefick said.

Those who would like to participate in the study, or learn more, are invited to email or call 01 474 7208 leaving name, contact number and a brief message. Due to Covid restrictions, interviews will be conducted by phone, zoom or Skype.


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée


This week we have evidence of the members of the Soiree taking advantage of the relaxation in the COVID 19 restrictions by travelling more than 5km from Lucan with photographs of Maynooth College and the Garden of Remembrance at Islandbridge as well as of our friends the robin and some swans.


At the time of writing the weather is looking good for the first meeting of the members of the Soiree since last December. On that occasion members met briefly in the Parish Centre to pick up their copies of the 2021 calendar. If my memory serves me right Friday’s gathering will only be the fourth occasion in almost 15 months when we have come together as a group.


A local photography field trip is planned this Friday morning at 10.30 for those members who are comfortable with meeting up in accordance with the revised public health guidelines. As one member of the group commented – “it’s good to be back!” The plan is to take a stroll with our cameras along the banks of the Liffey. Hopefully we will have some good photographs to show in next weekend’s newsletter.


Until next week stay safe!


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 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

Knowing your Rights:
Inheritance Rights of Unmarried Couples

My partner and I have two young children together. We live together but we are not married and haven’t got around to making our wills. If something happened to one of us, would we automatically be entitled to each other’s estate?

It is important for you and your partner to discuss the matter of inheritance sooner rather than later. Because you are not married, neither of you is automatically entitled to inherit anything from the other. If your partner dies without a will, you have no right to any share of their estate no matter how long you have been together. So, for example, if you live with your partner but they own the house, you could be left in very difficult circumstances if they were to die unexpectedly.

If you own items jointly, these automatically pass to you and are not part of your partner’s estate. However, you might need to pay Capital Acquisitions Tax if the inheritance is above a certain threshold or value.

If your partner has not made a will or has not provided for you, you may be able to apply to the courts to provide for you from your partner’s estate. This is known as the redress scheme for cohabiting couples. If you get redress by a court under this scheme, you may be exempt from paying Capital Acquisition Tax.
However, making a will can ensure that proper arrangements are made for you and your dependants and that any property is distributed in the way you both wish, subject to certain rights of spouses and children. Tax planning advice can help reduce or minimise the amount of tax your partner or family must pay. A solicitor can help you draft a will or you can draft one yourself.

You can read more about inheritance rights of cohabiting couples on


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.