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20 January 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Articles without such will not be published.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 Senior Citizens

Rota for January:
Wed 23rd: Pat Dwyer, Helen Hickey, Catherine Tierney and Rosaleen Flavin.

Wed 30th: Moira O’Byrne, Clare McDonald, Cheryl Murphy, Catherine Tierney.


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

SOL is the local history group for Lucan, open to all, all ages. Free to join. Fill in your details at: or email We are also on Facebook as a group, “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” and Twitter as @Soc4OldLucan.

Sol Historical Walk Sat 26 Jan 2019
Join Darren Tully (SOL committee) for a guided historical walk of parts of Lucan & Esker

Booking Details Below: Saturday 26th January 10.00am - 12.00am. Free of charge. Darren will lead a 90-minute local history and heritage tour and will bring the past to life with anecdotes and history from Lucan of old. Meeting point is King John's bridge (adjacent to Griffeen Valley Nursing Home and across the road from St. Finian’s), walk from St Finian's medieval church, onto Gandon Lodge, then Moat Lodge up the hill and finishing at Lucan Library at approximately 11.30am. Refreshments will be served as well as an introduction to our Local Studies area in the library.
Booking for this event is through Lucan Library at, 01-6216422, or call in.

St Finian’s & King John’s Bridge, Esker: Update
More good news about St. Finian’s church and graveyard; following the thorough clean-up before Christmas, SDCC Parks have been installing a lovely cut-stone pavement at the newly-restored gate in the last week. They have also repointed and repaired some of the perimeter wall, all the work creating a lovely cared look to the site that we haven’t seen in many years. All this work is very much appreciated by everyone who sees it.
We believe some of our local councillors will be asking SDCC for an urgent update on the restoration of King John’s Bridge and are eager to hear more this week.

Upcoming Events
All events will be publicised online and here in the newsletter: Jan-Apr
“New to Lucan” (or Ireland) historical walk
Lucan & WW1
Architectural history of the Lucan-area
St. Finian’s clean-up

Any queries, please email:

SOL Committee: Helen Farrell (Chair), Elaine Hurley, Darren Tully, Stephen Callaghan, Billy Sines


Lucan Drama

A very Happy New Year to all our members and loyal audiences, to Mr. Frank Colgan and his staff at the Spa Hotel and to all at Lucan Newsletter. We are truly grateful for all your support.

Lucan Drama is raising the curtain on an exciting new year of productions, starting with a dinner and theatre night in the illustrious Spa Hotel to be staged towards the end of February. Two One-Act Plays will grace the gracious Hanora D dining room. Firstly, we present a hilarious comedy, then secondly is a more serious play but etched with comedy. It is an accomplished piece written by the well-known Kerry playwright and writer Bryan Mc Mahon.

Readings for the One-Act Plays will take place on Monday 21st January and Tuesday 22nd January at 8pm in The Spa Hotel.

Newcomers are heartily welcome whether you want to tread the boards or help with lighting, sound or any aspect of stage management.

For more information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or e-mail Or Phone Sheila: 0872547725 or Phone Lucan Drama: 0894900429


Clondalkin / Lucan Women’s Network

2 Tór an Rí, Balgaddy
Phone: 01-5576173
Facebook: NCCWN-Clondalkin/Lucan Women’s Network-CLWN

The network is forum of Women’s and Community groups to work proactively to empower women through our individual and collective action to achieve equality.

Registration / Enrolments for the following:
Community Art – start date 24th January 10am-12 noon (11 weeks).
Health & Wellbeing – Fit for Life – start date 23rd January, 10am-12 noon (8 weeks).

Venue: Tór an Rí, Balgaddy.

All participants will be asked to contribute €2.00 per class. This money will go towards tea / coffee / biscuits / room hire etc.


Dr. Colman Noctor’s talk open to all!

Lucan Community College Parents Association are pleased to announce a talk by Dr Colman Noctor on Wednesday 30th January at 7.30pm in the school.

Dr Colman Noctor is a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist in St Patrick's Adolescent Mental Health Services and an Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. His specialist area of interest is in the impact of technology on our mental lives.

This talk will explore the pressures experienced by young people who are growing up in contemporary Ireland. The talk will look at the impact of technology and social media on young people’s mental health, emotional wellbeing and family life. The talk will describe how we can support young people to become more resilient in the contemporary world and support them to develop better relationships with technology and themselves.

The talk is open to all members of the community and we look forward to seeing you there.


“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:


Mother and Toddler Group

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



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’).


Free Dietitian Led XPERT Course for Type 2 Diabetes in Ballyfermot Library

A free 6-week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes.

This is an award-winning education course delivered by the HSE Community Dietitian.

Starting Wednesday 30th January at and every Wednesday up to and including Wednesday 6th March in the Ballyfermot Library.

Places are limited and you must register to attend.

Call Michelle Carey, Senior HSE Community Diabetes Dietitian on 076 695 8080 to register for the course.


Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Date for your diary……..
Finnstown Castle House, Newcastle Road
Monday 28th January 2019
5pm – 8.30pm


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu), Upper Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
January 27th – Chris Dallat

Contact No: 01-6166981


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.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village 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


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.