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25 August 2019
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


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Articles without such will not be published.


St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary's Conference

urgently needs clothes and shoes for twins, a boy and a girl.
Clothes size 4-5 years old, shoes size 10.
Please contact 086-3843206


Lucan Drama Notes: A Tribute to Sheila

Sheila Corrigan passed suddenly from this world on August 13th last and this world- momentarily stood still and bowed, with flamboyant reverence, to an amazing and inspiring lady. She embraced life with passion and lightness pouring her heart into music, singing, travel and of course drama. All the world was indeed her stage and oh how she loved life and people and their lives. She tripped lightly along, once encountered never forgotten, indelible in style, presence, heart and spirit.

Like Mary Poppins she has ascended the rooftops, winked at the spire of the majestic Spa Hotel, donned a rainbow of jewelled colours - pinks, yellows and blues. The curtain has descended after 40 years of acting finesse, in roles as varied and vivid as her fashion style. Sheila was a powerful, passionate actress who never missed a line, a highly esteemed, life-long member of Lucan Dramatic Society, warmly valued, but most of all dearly loved.

To her beloved daughter Denise, her cherished grandchildren Jane and Colm, her son-in law Tony and all her dear family and friends we offer sincere and heartfelt sympathy. To Sheila herself we offer a final resounding applause and a prolonged standing ovation as she exits to those heavenly Oscars.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis.


Zambia 2020 Fundraising Work

Student willing to do handy jobs (e.g. cutting grass, hedge trimming) in return for donations.
All proceeds towards Coláiste Phádraig Lucan’s Zambia Immersion Project 2020.
Contact Michael:


Lucan Concert Band News

We are now up and running on the following social media platforms, pop by and give the band a Like, or Follow to keep up to date on any news, upcoming concerts - Facebook / Instagram / Twitter.

Lucan Concert Band will be performing this coming Sunday, 25 August, 2-4pm at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park.

LCB returns to rehearsals 2nd September, in St Mary’s Boys School 7.30 – 9.30pm.

We welcome anyone who is interested in returning to play with the band, and welcome any new members who would like to join.

See for details on FREE music tuition in conjunction with Kylemore Music Centre, Ballyfermot.




Palmerstown Camera Club

Palmerstown Camera Club is a group of photographers who meet every Wednesday at 8.00pm from September to June each year. They meet in Palmerstown Parish Centre in Palmerstown village to improve their photographic skills. New members are welcome at all levels, Novice, Intermediate Advanced. Palmerstown Camera club runs a 6-week photography course for members on Wednesday’s from 7-8pm. From 2nd. October-6th. November.

Every great photographer started out as a novice, and our camera club is a very supportive environment to learn and develop your skills.

In July & August we organise free Summer photo outings, all are welcome on these outings to meet members and find out more about the club while taking photos.

See our Facebook page or website for details.

Come along to our Social Night Wednesday 4th September at 8.00pm. In the function room Kenny’s Pub Lucan Village.


Diabetes Care

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

Support for Moving More: and


Do you have a dog?

If so, you need a licence
Kildare County Council is reminding dog owners in the county to ensure that they have purchased a licence for their dog. Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 (as amended), all dog owners in the county are required to have a dog licence.

Licences can now be purchased online at or any Post Office (An Post). A annual licence costs €20 and a lifetime licence (which covers the life of the dog) is €140.

The Council's Dog Wardens are visiting local areas as part of their work, which includes checking for licences. The Dog Warden Team can be contacted at 045 980588.




Lucan Tidy Towns - Summer Blooms

Well it's been an active summer for Tidy Towns, tending to our precious blooms and generally keeping the village looking well. While we didn't have to contend with the drought of last summer, watering of plants took up quite a bit of our time and energy. This year you may have noticed a change in colour and design since we put our focus on biodiversity friendly plants. The sense of pride and achievement when our summer blooms appeared and continue to be recognised and appreciated by so many people has been very rewarding.

Alas, however, imagine our disheartenment when we discovered that quite a number of our shrubs along the 'strip' down along the Lucan road were discreetly removed by person or persons unknown who clearly knew what they were about. Apart from the obvious cost involved, specific tidy towners had dedicated themselves to creating and nurturing this particular bedding area, giving it many hours of their time.

Nothing more to be said about this other than we invite you, the people of Lucan, to keep a watchful eye on our plants in the village and surrounds so we can all continue to enjoy them.



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 Oct. 12th- Sunday Oct.13th.

The venue is Church of Ireland Parish Centre & St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Lucan. The fee for the weekend for artists is €45 per stand and €45 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


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Tribute to Michael O Toole
One of our longstanding volunteers, Michael O'Toole sadly passed away on the 27th of June. Michael presented "Michael's Magical Moments", the news and contributed to many other programmes on Liffey Sound 96.4FM.
Michael will be greatly missed by staff and volunteers at Liffey Sound.

Joe Byrne- Recorded historical tour of Lucan
Joe takes people on his historical tours during each year's Lucan Festival, but over a period of 6 months as part of the "Lucan Live" programme, presented by Brendan Hackett, Joe brought Liffey Sound listeners with him. These recordings are now available as a podcast on our website.


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu) Upr Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
September 22nd – Chris Dallat

Contact No: 01-6166981


Men’s Shed Lucan

Our next open, general meeting is on Monday 16th September; 18.30 to 19.50 in Lucan Library. This meeting will allow the committee deliver updates on key projects and on our Constitution review, which is expected to be completed and voted on at our 2019 AGM, on 07th October 2019. The meeting will also provide attendees with an opportunity to voice their opinions and/or bring forward suggestions.

We are contactable at our shed (rear of IWA premises) or online at


FREE Five Week Basic iPhone, iPad, Tablet and Smartphone Class

Commencing in Lucan Library on Tuesday 17th September from 10:30 – 12:30.
If you would like to book a place please enquire in the Library.


Age Action – For all older people

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?
Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!)

Learn How to:
Search the Internet Send & receive emails
Shop and book flights
Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!

Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks
All Courses Are Free of Charge
Classes are held in venues throughout Dublin

For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989


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.




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.