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25 February 2018
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

Rose – Sports / Politics

Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


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Articles without such will not be published.


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

urgently needs clothes for the following : Lady size 12, girl 8-9 years old, boy 13-14 years old, boy 15-16 years old.
Please contact 086-3843206.
Many thanks for your continuous support.


Calcutta Fundraising Snail Race Night

In support of Sarah Butler and Ciara Kennelly's trip to volunteer with the Hope Foundation to work with street and slum children in Calcutta, India.

Saturday 24th February at 7.30pm
at Courtney's Pub, Lucan.

Racing tipster, tote betting, raffle, auction, and food.
A great night of fun and craic guaranteed!


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 Drama in Full Swing

Great excitement ensued as the first rehearsals of our Spring production ‘BIG MAGGIE’ by eminent playwright John B. Keane began in earnest. A large cast assembled for rehearsals as this famous play came to life. Maggie Polpin is the stalwart central character who has high ambitions for her children now that she has been widowed.

All will be revealed when this play opens its doors to audiences in May, in the illustrious Spa Hotel. On a much more sombre but sincere note Lucan Drama would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Mr. Frank Colgan and his family on the sad death of his brother Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

For further information on Lucan Drama find us on Facebook or e-mail Phone Sheila 0872547725 or Niall 0872578557


Lucan ICA

Tues 27th Feb: Our Craft Group meets as usual 10am to 12.30pm.

Wed 28th Feb: Committee Meeting 8pm.

It was lovely to hear some Lucan connections on RTE Radio 1 last week.

Dr. Austin Byrne was on the Joe Duffy Show Liveline, giving out good advice to a lady whose mother had fallen and damaged her hip and an ambulance couldn’t be got to take her to hospital.

On Valentine’s Day, Noreen Doolan’s sister Aileen and her husband Denis Silver were on the Ray D’Arcy show – what a laugh – Aileen was telling us about the Valentine Card Denis gave her in 1959 and she puts it away in the attic after every Valentine’s Day and takes it down again the next year. Denis piped up that he buys her flowers every Valentine’s Day!

We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Nora Hickey, Angela Carr and Philly Burchael. Looking forward to seeing you all back in the Guild soon again.

We had a very interesting talk on Nutrition with Lorraine Brennan on Wednesday night. She gave us lots of information on healthy eating.


Lucan Lions Club

Diary Date: Our annual table quiz will take place in Kenny’s back lounge on Thursday 8th March at 8pm. The questions are chosen and presented by Annette Healy, Lucan’s quiz champion!

Lucan Lions Club meet in Lucan Spa Hotel on the second Tuesday of the month at 8.30. Visitors always welcome. Next meeting 13/03/18.



Woodville Downs Residents' Assoc (Incl Esker Lane)

We expect to have our Spring estate clean-up during the week starting the 19th March. We hope to have identified specific tasks that need to be done and if there are suggestions please email or contact the committee. Don't feel you have to wait to start until then if available. Still accepting annual subscriptions (10euro). Expect AGM to be held in late April as per usual.

We would ask drivers to and from the village to respect the yellow boxes in particular at Esker Lane, Ballydowd and Willsbrook, which see regular infringement. With the chronic heavy traffic in the mornings and from mi- afternoon onward we encourage drivers to be considerate in allowing entry and exit from estates.

Hope our elected representatives push for Lucan Luas for early consideration. Noted that some buses at peak times are driving by stops/or limiting people getting on despite seats/standing room available!

We welcome improved lighting in Willsbrook Park but question proximity to trees which will impact light during summer. Lighting on Chapel Hill from St Mary's boy's school up hill to traffic lights needs upgrading for safety of walkers etc.



Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Tesco Lucan have kindly included Liffey Sound in the Tesco Community Fund scheme. We would be absolutely thrilled if you could give us your support by dropping blue discs into the "Liffey Sound" tube. Please spread the word to your friends and family. Thanks from all of us at Liffey Sound FM.

We are delighted to welcome new volunteers, Gavin Philips and Kate Butler to the station. Gavin and Kate are currently doing technical training and will soon be presenting a brand new programme on Liffey Sound.

If you would like to gain Radio broadcasting presenting & technical experience please contact 01-6219425.


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Results 6th Feb: 1st Mary McCarthy, 2nd Michael Bradley, 3rd Billy Doyle, Maureen carpenter, Marguerite Cunningham.

Results 13th Feb: 1st Michael Bradley, 2nd Brendan Ryan, 3rd Maureen Carpenter.

Results 20th Feb: 1st Billy Doyle, 2nd Michael Bradley, 3rd Margo McDonagh.

We had another great day at Fairyhouse races and some great wins.

Our Birthday Dinner is taking place in Becketts on 9th March at 7pm.

We meet every Thursday in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
New member welcome.


March 3rd - Good as New Clothes Sale

is being held in the
Former St Andrews School
Chapel Hill, Lucan,
from 10am to 1pm
in aid of The Alice Leahy Trust for the Homeless
Please come along and support by donating or buying.


Rally for Life

This year’s Rally for Life- taking place in Dublin on 10th March at 2pm at Parnell Square, Dublin 1 – We need you at the most important Rally for Life in Irish History, thousands upon thousands of Irish people have taken to the streets in the past and come together in defence of the most defenceless in our society - innocent unborn babies.

The Rally has become tradition and is an important chance for pro-lifers in Ireland to make their voices heard. It is essential that people continue to come out and support that Rally and make sure that the impact of the Rally and year round pro-life activism continues to be felt across Ireland.

This year it is especially important that we make a big, positive, life-affirming statement at the Rally in Dublin. Ireland has been under intense attack by pro-abortion extremists in the past year and it is vital that Ireland unites around the common understanding that human life is valuable at every stage. Abortion campaigners are pushing hard to have abortion made legal in Ireland both parts of this island – because they want to target vulnerable women in the North and in the Republic.

Is it almost certain now that we will have a referendum at the in May which seeks to strip away rights from pre-born children. We need to stand together to Celebrate Life and call for a better answer than abortion. Save Lives by Saving the 8th.


Mens Shed Lucan

The next open general meeting of Men's Shed Lucan will be on Monday, 12th March; 6.30 to 7.45pm in Lucan Library (the Library is located in the SuperValu shopping centre on the Newcastle Road, close to Starbucks).

We had a great turnout at our February meeting, when we discussed and reviewed the various 'shed' options available to us.

As usual we will be seeking lots of feedback, opinions and ideas from our shedders and the general meeting offers everybody a chance to have their say and be heard. If you have a suggestion, this is the place to air it.

Looking forward to a positive and productive meeting.


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street, Celbridge. Ph: 01 6288556

Free Senior Fit Older Peoples exercise class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm as part of the Healthy Ireland programme.

Free Career Skills Morning Programme commences in March– with Modules – Health Food Made Easy, Manual handling, QQI Level 3 career preparation, & First Aid. Organised by Kildare Leader – Contact Breda 086 7916933

Community Choir Practise is now on Wed Mornings – 11am-1pm .Ideal for people living with dementia and their carers.



Tuesday 6th March
On Tuesday the 6th March we are launching our fundraising campaign for a local girl, Elizabeth McNicholas, who is in Turkey having life changing spinal surgery.
Please come and support our coffee morning and the sale of crochet Shamrock Badges in St. Mary's Parish Centre from 10.30 a.m.


Date for our diary..... A.G.M.

Ballydowd Grove Residents Association
Thursday 1st March at 8pm

Venue: Coláiste Phádraig


Lucan Youth Fun

Summer Camp 2018
The camp will run from 2nd to 13th July.

This camp is open to children from 2nd class to 2nd year who live or go to school in the parish of St Mary's

LYF registration will be held at 9.30am on March 10th in St Mary's BNS.

More details can be found on Lucan Youth Fun 2018 Facebook page.


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu)
End of every month on a Sunday from 3-6pm
More information: 01 6166981
February 25th - Brian McDermot


People’s Art Fair Lucan 2018

Open call for artists and crafters to participate in this year’s
“People’s Art Fair”
Saturday March 24th- 25th

The venue is Church of Ireland Parish Centre & St Andrew’s Church , Main Street, Lucan.

The fee to enter for artists is €40 per stand and 10% commission on sales of Art & prints, and €40 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


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Lucan 2018

This year’s theme is ‘Celebration of Spring’ For entry form, see Lucan Newsletter hardcopy or
Or Mary Meehan, 174 Arthur Griffith Park, Lucan. Mob: 085-7374645.

CLOSING DATE: 28th FEBRUARY 2018 – No entry will be accepted after this date.


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.


Mother and Toddler Group

The Group meet every Thursday in St Mary’s Parish Centre from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


Lucan Methodist Church Parent and Toddler Group

Tuesday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Grandparents, childminders all welcome.


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.