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25 March 2018
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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Drama

Many congratulations to the director Adrian Rush and his cast and crew in presenting two memorable dinner and theatre nights over this weekend. REMEMBERING THINGS by Michael Fosbrook is a hilarious one-act comedy centring round the theme of forgetting things.

Our Spring production BIG MAGGIE by J.B. Keane will be staged in mid-May also, in the illustrious Spa Hotel. The story of Big Maggie Polpin and her attempts to keep her family together after the death of her husband is an enduring theatre favourite.

Congratulations to Mary, Anne and Sheila on their performances in Handel’s Messiah with The Maynooth Choral Society. Sheila is a much esteemed member of Lucan Drama.

Find us on Facebook
or e-mail
Phone Sheila 0872547725 or Niall 0872578557


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Well done to everyone who took part in the St. Patrick's Day parade last Saturday, despite the freezing temperatures!

Special thanks to the parade committee, all the team at Liffey Sound 96.4FM and to Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Rang 6 who presented a special programme "as Gaeilge" on St. Patrick's day.

Liffey Sound delivered a QQI level 3 course in media expression to 6 people in the New Hope Centre in Tallaght. The outcome of this course is an hour long programme presented and produced by the participants who speak about drug addiction and recovery in an honest and open manner.

The programme is available on podcast on our website (click programme, then podcasts) and on our Facebook page. The programme was made with the support of the Community Foundation for Ireland. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Lucan St Patrick’s Day Parade

Lucan St Patrick’s Day Parade would like to thank everyone who braved the cold to watch and partake in this year’s Parade - thank you all. We hope you enjoyed the day.

The winners were:
Goldwing Owners Club Ireland
Lucan Loins Club
Crosscare Lucan Youth Service
Ronanstown Community Training &Ed Centre
Zara Curtis Academy of Irish Dance
Be You Be Unique Beauty
Arthur Griffith Park FC
Remi the Handyman
Lucan Chiropractic

Well done to all and a huge Thank You to everyone!
from Lucan St Patricks Day Parade Committee.


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

We had our 13th Birthday Dinner in Becketts and it was a great night, everyone enjoyed it. Last Thursday for St Patrick’s Day we had a Ceili, it was great fun, thanks to Neil for the music, Frances for organising it, Agnes for the lovely cake.

Our Murder Mystery weekend is now fully booked out.

New members welcome, contact Frances Norton Secretary.



GOOD FRIDAY, 30th March

Meet 9am on the Village Green
email: for more information

Spring has finally arrived, we hope, and its time to start thinking about spring cleaning. For Lucan Tidy Towns this means the National Spring Clean which takes place all over the country. Many groups take Good Friday as a suitable day for the Spring Clean.

This year similar to last year we plan to meet up in the Village green on Good Friday at 9 o'clock. We would love if as many individuals and groups who are interested in keeping Lucan tidy could join us for a couple of hours.

As always there will be litter to be collected. We want to concentrate on a few black spots which the Transition Year Students from Lucan Community College have checked out on our behalf. Also we would like to do some path and kerb sweeping and weeding. A number of road signs are rather grubby so we would like to wash these. In addition we would like to remove some graffiti around the village.

Doing all this depends on getting enough volunteers to join us on the day.

We invite the local businesses to participate either by sending along one or two staff to give a hand or by dedicating perhaps one or two hours towards enhancing their own shopnfronts. Or indeed feel free to do both!

South Dublin Co Co have agreed to collect all litter from designated pick up points. We are liaising with the Council in this regard. You can contact us by email: or find us on facebook at Lucan Tidy Towns

Kevin O'Loughlin, Chair


St Mary's Parish Centre

A huge big thank you to all who helped make our Shamrock Badges and Coffee Morning Fundraiser for Team Elizabeth Trust such a wonderful success.

From our shamrock crochet makers, our sewers, our sellers, our bakers and those who served and washed up at the coffee morning, thank you most sincerely. It is heart-warming to see such commitment and enthusiasm shown raising these much needed funds for Elizabeth.

To all who contributed, buying shamrock badges, attending our Coffee Morning (even with snow still on the ground) and giving donations, your generosity and kindness is overwhelming and humbling.

We raised €1,283.00 towards Elizabeth's Life Changing Spinal Surgery.

Thank you again, from all the Team at St Mary's Parish Centre.



Tuesday 27th March: Craft Group meet 10am to 12.30pm

Wednesday 28th March: Committee Meeting at 8pm

We had a lovely night on Wednesday for our International night. Turkish lady Jale Egan came to talk to us on her country. It was a very interesting presentation, talked on the culture and history of Turkey. Thanks to Josie who provided and hosted a delicious supper.

Get Well to Mary Curley languishing on her couch at the moment.

Sympathy to Ann Byrne on the death of her aunt.




Lucan Bridge Club Charity Night

In Aid of
St Francis Hospice and Laura Lynn Foundation
Will Be Held
Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 7.30pm
in The Springfiield Hotel, Leixlip

Subscription €10 - Light Refreshments
Ph: Bernadette 0868813682


2018 Women’s Mini Marathon - Join Team Marie Keating

Sunday 3rd June 2018
All you need to do are two things
1 Register with either the Evening Herald Or
2 Sign up with Team Marie Keating at

There are three ways to help us
Option 1 Make a one off donation of €35 to the Foundation to take a place on Team Marie Keating which covers your Marie Keating Foundation t-shirt and a donation to the Foundation. We will NOT send you a sponsorship card

Option 2 Request a sponsorship pack which includes sponsorship card(s) and t-shirt

Option 3 Please set up a JustGiving page and ask your friends and family to support your fundraising efforts!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Fiona at or call her on 01 628 3728.

This year we will be at House on Lower Leeson Street who are very generously sponsoring our Pre and Post Reception on the day


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


Palmerstown Tea Dance

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


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.


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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.