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21 October 2018
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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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Lions Club

Tesco Collection: Many thanks to all who supported our Annual Collection, sponsored by Tesco, on 5/6 October. We were delighted with the support shown at the Lucan and Celbridge Tesco branches.

Table Quiz: We had a very successful Table Quiz in Kennys on 4 October. As a result almost €1500 was raised for the Mellon Educate project and Lions member Joan Dillon will travel to be part of the project team in mid-November. Thanks to all who attended on the night, donated prizes and supported the raffle.

Bag Packing SuperValu Lucan: We will be bag packing, assisted by the students from St Joseph’s College, in SuperValu on 16/17 November.

Do you want to help? We will be organising our Christmas Food Appeals across some local supermarkets in December - if you would like to help out for an hour or two please let us know. Further enquiries to 087 9006999.

The Lions Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Lucan Spa Hotel at 8.30 pm. Now in our 30th year, our mission is to ‘SERVE’ the community. We do this by raising funds and distributing them to local charities.


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Our members are in for a free Draw for 3 winning streak scratch cards from now until Christmas. The music and Drama groups are practicing hard. We are having our Halloween party next Thursday 25th, and also having a table quiz.

Whist Results
9th Oct 2018: 1st Brendan Ryan, 2nd Tina Adamson, 3rd Billy Doyle, Robin Adamson
16th Oct 2018: 1st Margo McDonagh, 2nd Theresa Mc Donnell, 3rd Niall Marron

New Members welcome we meet every Thursday in St Andrew parish Hall at 11-30 in Lucan Village.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Last Saturday night, Athlone community radio hosted the CRAOL Awards 2018, Liffey Sound were delighted to pick up 2 awards on the night! The station received a Gold Award for our daily programme "Lucan Live" and Silver for a special programme we produced with Lucan's creative writers group. Congratulations to everyone involved in these programmes - well deserved recognition for all your hard work!

Thank you to everyone who kindly supported our table quiz last Friday night. Special thanks to the following who donated prizes for our raffle; Febvre & Company limited, Gill Books, Kenny's pub, Charlie's barbers, Centra, Coffee Works, Spa Hotel, Hollystown golf club, Adrienne Corcoran, Anne Mc Mahon and finally Crowley Millar solicitors who made a donation to the station.

On the 4th Wednesday of every month, Brendan Hackett has a business slot on "Lucan Live" where he interviews people from local businesses in Lucan. If you would like to take part in the programme, please email or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Woodview Residents

Mass for our deceased residents will be celebrated in St Patrick's Church, Esker on Sunday 28 October at 10.30am.


Lucan ICA

Monday 222nd Oct: Sarsfield Group Night in the Parish Centre beside Castleknock Church at 8.15pm. The competition is: Make a Mask in any Medium.

Tues 23rd Oct: Craft Group continues their projects in the Bungalow 10am - 12.30pm.

Wed 24th Oct: Fiona Guinan is giving us demonstration with a Halloween theme. We request a good attendance on the night.

We send our sincere condolences to Anne Beales on the death of her niece R.I.P.


St Mary’s Friday Photography Soirée

6th Exhibition of Photographs
Come and have a look!
St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Sunday 4th November 2018


Lucan Drama - Producing 3 Exciting One-Acts

Lucan Drama is in the throes of rehearsing its Autumn production which will be an enthralling night of 3 comic, albeit, sometimes serious, One-Act plays.

The first of these plays, Laundry and Bourbon by James Mc Lure is set in a town in Texas U.S.A. and focuses on themes of love, loss and longing. Its backdrop is the Vietnam War.

A world away is the second of these three plays Shadow of The Glen by J.M. Synge which depicts an Ireland which has now almost become folklore, the world of the peasant farmer on the Aran Islands at the turn of the century. Yet its themes are similar, that of love, loss and longing.

The Daisy Market is a timeless piece of theatre set among the Dublin street vendors with an abundance of laughs and conflict.

With only a month to go it is imperative to put these dates into your diary as soon as possible.
Tuesday November 20th through To Friday November 23rd
Time: 8.30pm.
Venue: The Spa Hotel

Tickets for the dinner and theatre are 25euro and may be booked at the Spa Hotel Reception.

For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or e-mail lucandrama Or phone Lucan Drama on 089490029 or Sheila on 0872547725.


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu) Upper Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
October 28th Brian McDermot

Contact No: 01-6166981


Kildare Animal Foundation at Naas Antiques Fair

Sunday 21 Oct. 12noon - 6pm
Osprey Hotel, Naas

Our volunteers will have a lovely array of jewellery, silver ware, vintage ware, vinyl, art, etc Every cent from our stand goes directly to the shelter.
Lots of sellers with bargains galore on offer....coins, militaria, antique furniture and much more.
€3.50 Admission


Westmanstown Bowls Club Presents

The Songs & Poems of Percy French
With The Percy French Troubadours & Guests

At Westmanstown Conference Centre
On Friday 2nd November at 8.00pm

Tickets €15
Book now at 087-280 8108 or 087 204 1334
A percentage of proceeds will go to a local charity


An Garda Síochána

“Q” District, Lucan Garda Station Community Policing

Crime Prevention Awareness Event
Lucan Community Policing Gardaí will be holding a Crime Prevention Awareness Event. Gardaí and representatives from a number of businesses will in attendance to help provide you with the appropriate crime prevention advice as required.
Date: Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Adamstown Youth & Community Centre, Station Road, Adamstown, Lucan

Representatives from Gardaí, Locksmiths, Alarm and Insurance Companies available for advice & consultation on Home, Business & Personal Security

Security Tips
1. Secure all doors and windows.
2. Light up your home, use timer switches when out.
3. Store keys safely and away from windows & letterboxes.
4. Record details of valuables and don’t keep large cash amounts at home.
5. Use your alarm, even when at home.



North Kildare Hockey Club

are hosting a table quiz in
North Kildare Club, Kilcock
on Saturday November 3rd 2018, 7.30

€40 for a table of 5 or €10 per person.
Raffle on the night.
We look forward to seeing you there!



>Our research team needs your help! Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a very rewarding experience; however, it can also be very challenging for many carers. Some carers cope well with these challenges and are considered ‘resilient’.

Our team of researchers have developed an online resource to enhance resilience by providing useful information and support to people caring for someone with dementia.

We now aim to conduct an information and outreach campaign throughout Ireland, using local networks and the internet, so a larger audience will get the benefits of our knowledge.

What am I being asked to do?
We are holding a series of workshops throughout Ireland to spread awareness of the ‘Enhancing Carers Resilience’ (EnCaRe) resource.
We are seeking feedback from a broad range of family carers about a newly developed web resource.

What is involved in the workshops?
You are invited to provide feedback on this web resource and are also invited, but not obliged to; share your own experiences as family carers. There will be refreshments upon arrival at the meeting. Lunch will also be served after the workshop, which you are also invited too.

Where is the workshop?
The workshop will be located in The Carmichael Centre, Dublin City. (5 Minutes from Smithfield) The workshop will take place Friday 2nd November and will run from 10:00am (sharp) to 1pm.
Registration and refreshments from 9:30am.

Reasonable travel and care expenses will be covered.
If you are interested in participating in these workshops or would like more information on the project please contact Kevin Deegan on
085 852 9352 or email to find out more or to register for the workshop.


Irish Hospice Foundation - LIVING WITH LOSS

An information evening for the public about bereavement with guest speaker Niamh Fitzpatrick (Psychologist, sister of Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick) Observations on grief from the inside out

November is traditionally a month for remembrance. This Irish Hospice Foundation event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.

Members of the public are invited to attend this free public event:
Thursday, 1st November 2018 5.30pm - 8.00pm The Alex Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street (off Merrion Square), Dublin 2.

The evening will open at 5.30pm with a formal introduction. There will also be an opportunity to chat to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide. During the evening Niamh Fitzpatrick will address the gathering and speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’. This public event is free to attend. Bookings are not necessary.

If you have any queries or would like further information please contact
Iris Murray, Irish Hospice Foundation, 4th Floor, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.
Telephone: 01 6793188
website: and


Mother and Toddler Group

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


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556

Stands required for Christmas Craft and Food Fair at the Mill on Sat 24/25 Nov Fee €65

Children`s Halloween Fancy Dress Disco Bank Holiday Monday 29th October at 3pm

Soccer Players aged 55 – 75 years wanted for our “Walking Indoor Soccer” which takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm

Fancy a game of traditional “Whist/ 25s”? Whist / 25s Card Games and social night at the centre every Monday at 8.30pm. Phone Mary at 01 6288174


People’s Art Fair Lucan 2018

Church of Ireland Parish Centre & Saint Andrew’s Church
Main Street, Lucan
Saturday 13th October 11am - 5pm and Sunday 14th October 12pm - 5pm
All are welcome!
In aid of Alice Leahy Trust (Supporting Homelessness)


Do you have old glasses that you are not using?

Do you want to help give sight to others?
This November will see team members from our local Specsavers in Liffey Valley travel to India to perform eye examinations for the poor in Kolkata. This trip to the Kolkata eye clinic is being spearheaded by two of our local Specsavers Directors, Lisa Walsh and our Optometrist Patrick Dennehy in conjunction with The Hope Foundation.

Last year Specsavers helped raise €50,000 for the Hope Foundation and supplied staff to help test eyes in Kolkata last year. Lisa and Patrick are now asking for our support, not financial but in the way of old glasses that you may have lying at home. These old glasses could help change the lives of the poorest people in Kolkata. If they cannot see they cannot work and provide for their families.

Please take a look at home and see what you can find and help us make a difference. The glasses will be gratefully accepted at the Specsavers Liffey Valley store or in the Parish Office of St Mary's Church, Lucan.

Thank you for your generosity and support.


The Garda Survivors Support Association (GSSA)

An Evening of Seasonal Music & Song
Fiona Murphy, Soprano
In Concert With
The Band of An Garda Siochana
Music Director: Inspector Pat Kenny
Compere: Ray Kennedy (RTE)

Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre
Tuesday 27th November 2018

(performance starts at 8pm Sharp)
Wine and Mince Pie Interval Reception

Tickets €25 available from:
Margaret Dixon 086 845 1949
Michael & Eileen Griffin 086-8704365
Breda Hand 086-828 1651


Morning Soirées in St Mary's Parish

(Soirees are Free, there is no charge)

French conversation - Mondays 10:30am -11:30am. in the Parish Bungalow
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation en francais. Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all are welcome to join in and take part in our morning of parler francais.

Irish Conversation - Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.30 am.
Room 4 of the Parish Centre.
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation as gaeilge. All are welcome to join in for a cupán tae and cúpla focail.

Genealogy - Thursdays - 10:30am -11:30am
in the Parish Bungalow.
Are you interested in finding your heritage? We will put you on the right path to finding your family's past and tracing your roots over a cup of tea or coffee.

Photography - Fridays 10.30am - 11.30am
in the Parish Bungalow
Whether you are experienced or just taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

All welcome


Exciting Film Club in Lucan Library

Called ‘The Classic Crime Film Club’, films are shown at 6.30pm and are free to all.

The dates and films are as follows:

The Night of the Hunter
Wednesday 24th October 6.30pm.

Touch of Evil
Wednesday 21st November 6.30pm.



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!)

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

Classes are run in:- City Centre, Palmerstown, Inchicore, Leixlip, Clondalkin and Tallaght

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course Tel: (01) 475 6989




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
Carey’s Newsagents

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Penny Hill
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.