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17 November 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Articles without such will not be published.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 Drama

These are two must-see plays to brighter the darker nights.

Dates for your Diary:
Tuesday 19th November to Saturday 23rd November
Venue: Lucan Spa Hotel

Time: 8.30pm
Cost: €12/€8 Concession. Tickets available at the Door Only
Dinner and Theatre Tickets must be booked at The Spa Hotel Reception: Phone 6280494
Cost: €25 for 2-Course Meal and Show.


Inner City Helping Homeless Clothes Appeal in Lucan

A clothes appeal for us in Inner City Helping Homeless will take place in Lucan on Saturday the 23rd of November, from 2pm-5pm in Esker Cemetery Car Park and we will be in attendance with our outreach vans.

We accept second hand clothes such as:

We also accept donations of new underwear/socks and new toiletries as our teams bring them out on the streets on outreach 7 nights a week.


ICHH is a volunteer led registered charity with 2 full time staff members, an office manager and a warehouse manager, and our office is open 12 hours a day offering a day service including case management, clothes orders, food parcels of non-perishable groceries, accommodating families left with no alternative option other than to sleep in a garda station.


Mental Health Awareness Workshop

This workshop is aimed at migrant parents and asylum seekers in South County Dublin
Saturday 16th November, 10am – 1pm
Lucan Centre, Primrose Lane, Lucan

Further details: 087 3417440




Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Thank you to everyone who kindly supported our church gate collections at St. Mary's church last weekend. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and helps us keep Lucan's Community Radio station on-air.

Come celebrate Nollaig na mBan with Liffey Sound on Monday the 6th of January 2020 at 8pm in Kenny's pub in Lucan village. An exciting evening of entertainment is promised, more details here later! or catch up on Facebook

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


Lucan ICA

Tues 19th Nov: Crafts ongoing 10am – 12.30pm.

Wed 20th Nov: Dinner and Play in the Spa Hotel – Meet in foyer at 6pm. We’re looking forward to a lovely night.

The Guild send their sincere sympathy to our member, Abigail O’Callaghan on her recent bereavements.


Hillcrest / Beaumont / Newcastle Road Residents Association

Our 2019 AGM was an occasion of lively debate, where plenty of questions and topics were brought forward for discussion. Many of these topics will now form the basis of our 2019 Work programme. Topics raised included Boil Water Notice, Bus Connects, Litter/Spring Clean, Traffic Flow plus the granting of Planning Application SDZ19A/0004 raising the query “Is there any further recourse open to residents’ to address their concerns”?

Committee: Nuala Aylward (Treasurer), Phil Cunningham, Don Crowley, Anna McNally, Maria Murphy (Chair), Tom Newton, Liam O’Brien, Rita O’Brien (Hon Sec), Trish O’Brien, Bernie Raeligh, Declan Toner (Asst Sec) & Anne Tully. Thanks to all who attended on the night.

Facebook Hillcrest Residents Association Lucan for further details, email


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wednesday 20th November: 10.30am to 12.30pm – St Mary’s Parish Centre.

Mass of Remembrance for all our deceased members at 10.40am.


Lucan Mens’ Shed

Lucan Men's Shed members occupied their building for the first time, just over a year ago, at the rear of the IWA building on the Newcastle Road.

Since then, we have been working hard, with the assistance of many of the members, to raise the standard of the facility and make it suitable for proper use as a Men's Shed.

As we approach Christmas, the upper floor is nearing completion as our social area, whereas the ground floor will be developed for work projects over coming weeks and months.

Lucan Men's Shed, as the name implies, is set up in Lucan, for the men of Lucan.

If you have yet to visit the Shed, why not go for a walk, a run, a cycle, or even a drive, Monday to Thursday, but not Friday, between 1000 and 1400, to see who is there and what's happening.

You will be welcome to have a chat, tea or coffee, some biscuits.......and relax.
Everybody gets to know everybody very quickly.
You won't regret it.


Marymount Care Centre Invitation

“Palliative Care and the Final Stages of the Dementia Journey”
Dementia Information & Support Education Sessions Presented by Marymount Clinical Team
Guest Speaker: Dr. Regina McQuillan
Medical Director of St. Francis Hospice

Maureen McNulty welcomes Families, Friends of Marymount, Professionals and Carers in the Community

Interested in or Affected by Dementia
Join us for an introductory evening with refreshments
Monday 25th November 2019 from 7pm-9pm

Register your interest by emailing
Telephone: 01 8204500


Esker Active Retirement Association

We are all having a fabulous time at our club. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had our lovely dance coach Marguerita who is doing such a great job with us all (watch out for us on Strictly!!!), our football coach Stephen Rice from FAI has us all much fitter and healthier than we were last year, and our whist club is coming on really well with Tom McDonald at the helm, we are so lucky to have Tom in our club, he is so patient and is just the perfect gentleman at all times. Our indoor bowling and scrabble are still as popular as ever each week.

In the next few weeks, we have a talk from our local Garda Siochana on safety in the home and when we’re out and about around Christmas; we also have the fabulous Lisa Price, Vocal Coach & Choir Director getting us to sing our hearts out, and of course, we’ll have all our usual activities with our tea and coffee break giving us a chance to catch up with each other. More people have joined our club in the last few weeks and they’re very welcome indeed. (I think they heard about our fabulous Christmas Party we have each year and they just wanted to get into the club in time for the Party!!!)

Active Retirement Regional Christmas Lunch is on Friday 29th November in Newlands Golf Club, Naas Road at 1pm. Anyone wishing to go, please speak to a Committee Member next week. This is an opportunity to get to know members in the other ARA’s in our Eastern Region South at this lunch. Last year’s event was really good and enjoyed by all who attended.

If anyone wants to join our club, either give me a call on the number below or call in any Wednesday to St Andrew’s Church Hall, Lucan, we start at 1.30pm until 4pm.

Till next time,
Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 086 1269 043


Festive Flowers

Monday 2nd December at 8pm in St. Mary’s Parish Centre.
Demonstrator: Margaret Murphy.


NAGARHOPE Christmas Cards for Sale

€5 for Pack of 12
Six beautiful designs

Available from 191 Beech Park
Also available from the Parish Office.
Or contact 087-0666891


Craft Fare

The Justice and Peace Group plan to hold the Annual Craft Fair on Sunday 1st December
Anyone who is interested in being allocated a table, should leave their details in the parish office.


Seasonal Craft Course at AYCC

Learn a new festive craft one evening each week over four weeks to for your own Christmas gift sets.
Week 1: Christmas Candles: coloured, scented, Container
Week 2: Ceramics: bowls, candle holders, plates.
Week 3: Painting and decorating ceramics
Week 4: Winter wreaths and assembling gift sets
All materials and break included

Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
20th and 27th November
4th and 11th December

Cost: €35 (total)
€10 deposit required to secure a place

(Minimum of ten participants)

Please register at Adamstown Youth & Community Centre
Deposit payable in centre


Transport Users

In the proposed Bus Connects plan a significant area of Lucan will have no direct bus service to the city centre after 8.30 AM in the morning. The areas include Hillcrest Estate on both sides. Woodview, Woodview Heights, Dodsboro and Early Heights along with some of the new estates adjoining Dodsboro. Lucan Village, the Old Rectory and Laraghacon will similarly lose out with no direct bus service to and from the city after morning peak. Users from these estates must walk to the main road to link up with a bus from Maynooth or Celbridge or take a local bus, change and wait for the same buses. This is totally unsatisfactory as these areas have had a bus service for over forty years. The population of these areas fully justify a bus service to the city centre all through the day, at least every half hour. In the new schemes of numbers, our proposal would be a C5 serving all the estates mention above with a direct bus service to the city centre all through the day. The closing date to have your say with Bus Connects is 3rd December.

T. Newton 086 3127364


Morning Soirées

in St Mary’s Parish Centre
Soirees are Free, there is no charge

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

Wednesdays 10:30am - 11:30am, Irish conversation.
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.

Thursdays 10:30am - 11:30am Genealogy:
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. Everyone is welcome.

Fridays 10:30am - 11:30am Photography
Whether you are experienced or just like taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.


St. Mary’s Mother and Toddlers

The Mother and Toddler group have resumed at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Thursdays from 10.30am to 12 noon


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556

Some Stand Spaces are Still Available for our Christmas Craft and Food Fair on the Sat 23rd, Sun 24th November.
A Family Fun Day and Santa in conjunction with the Fair takes place on the Sunday, also at Celbridge Mill Community Centre.
We will have face painting, magic show, bouncing castle and obstacle course and you can visit Santa in his sitting room.
Stands are €65.
Phone 01 6288556 for details.


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.


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu) Upr Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
November 24th – Good Times

Contact No: 01-6166981


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.




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.