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5 December 2021
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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

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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Articles without such will not be published.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 Newsletter

The Newsletter Office is NOT OPEN at the moment, but leave your ads, queries or notices in the letter box at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, before 10pm on Wednesday night, and we’ll collect and look after them.
You may also email reports / notices to any of the above contacts.


Lucan Planning Council (L.P.C.)

After a rather quiet period, planning issues have become a major topic of discussion in Lucan in recent weeks. Three issues could have a major negative impact on the quality of life for Lucan residents.

The New Bus Network
The No.25 bus in the Hillcrest/Dodsboro area has been discontinued. The new service has many flaws already causing much inconvenience for residents in this rapidly expanding area. L.P.C. is prepared to assist local residents and residents’ groups to have the No.25 service restored.

Lucan Village Traffic Plan
The changes proposed would reduce parking spaces between A.I.B. and Bank of Ireland, reducing from 39 spaces to 12 spaces. This would have a devastating impact on residents trying to access local shops, banks, the post office, the medical centre, etc.

Also proposed is a trial one-way traffic plan where traffic coming over the Liffey Bridge from Laraghcon may not turn right to Lucan Village. To access the village traffic must turn left up to the traffic lights at the old St. Andrews School and back down to the village on the main road by St Mary’s Church, etc.

L.P.C. has produced an alternative plan that would improve traffic flow in the village and retain all the current parking spaces. We were requested to share this plan with South Dublin County Council, who will consider it in their final plans.

Major Housing Development at St. Edmundsbury/Luttrellstown
L.P.C. has always supported the conservation of the Liffey Valley lands and will resist any changes to its current protected status. We are asking all our local politicians to do likewise. Community support will be vital on this issue. L.P.C. need new people to help continue our efforts at keeping Lucan an attractive, happy place to live.

Joe Byrne (087)6152229
Lucan Planning Council


Lucan ICA

We had a nice few members at our Tuesday morning Craft Class, everyone busy making gifts for Christmas.

Unfortunately, we have to close early due to Covid. We are closed from Tuesday 30th November until further notice. Watch out for details in Lucan Newsletter.

We wish all our loyal members and Newsletter Staff a very Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year.


Lucan Village Businesses and Services Group (LVBSG)

This is a group of more than 60 businesses, service providers and traders that are based in Lucan Village providing services to the local community. This group has been formed as a direct response to the Development Plan being proposed by SDCC for Lucan Village.

The LVBSG consists of a wide range of enterprises including convenience stores, post office, restaurants, pubs, medical services, barbers, beauticians and financial services. This eclectic mix really gives a flavour of the width of services being currently provided in Lucan village to the community. These businesses employ more than 600 people in Lucan Village. Our village is vibrant, with a mix of both essential and amenity services.

In a recent survey conducted by the LVBSG it was found that more than 8,000 people use the services in Lucan Village on a daily basis, with more than 6,500 of these accessing the village by way of private car. The current proposals by SDCC will severely reduce the accessibility of Lucan Village for these valued customers and as a result directly threaten the livelihoods of over 600 employees in the village.

The Lucan Village Business and Services group wants to bring to attention the impact that the loss of car parking in Lucan Village will have on the community and on service providers. The Lucan residents and wider community know that Lucan Village lacks adequate car parking. Lucan residents are appalled at the prospect of the loss of a significant amount of the precious parking that exists currently in Lucan Village. The people in the wider community want to be able to do their day-to-day business Monday to Friday and enjoy the amenities in the evenings and weekends. A removal of any parking spaces would be to the detriment to both daily business and the use of the village as an amenity.

To justify their plans, SDCC is using car parking data collected during a Covid-19 lockdown when people were being encouraged to remain at home. SDCC have no plans to replace the proposed lost parking in Lucan Village.

The LVBSG support the development of the Weir promenade and the Demesne Entrance. We also support the development of the Village Green so long it does not reduce local parking.

The LVBSG have two immediate asks of SDCC and our Councillors:
1) The local Councillors must stand with the local residents and businesses to protect local people’s livelihoods. They must protect the vibrant mix of essential and amenity services provided by Lucan Village that maintains these jobs.

2) We ask that SDCC postpone the formal Public Consultation Process until after the Festive Season so that the residents of Lucan can give these proposed fundamental changes the full attention they deserve.


The Lucan Village Businesses and Services Group (LVBSG)

is a group of more than 60 businesses, service providers and traders that are based in Lucan Village providing services to the local community. This group has been formed as a direct response to the Development Plan being proposed by SDCC for Lucan Village.

Should any business or service provider wish to join our group please reach out to us via email at: and we will add you to our mailing list to keep you informed of our activities.


L.A.R.A. - Lucan Active Retirement Association

We meet every Thursday morning at 11.30am at St. Andrews Church Hall, Main Street, Lucan. Free parking available.

We love to see new Members coming to join us and welcoming them to our friendly group. At present owing to Covid Restrictions we are limited to Bowls, Card Games, scrabble, and light exercise. We have a break around one fifteen for tea and cake when we enjoy good company and laughter.

When the restrictions are lifted we can return to all our usual activities. Dancing, Drama, Singing, Exercise and Days Out. Also, once a month we invite guests to join us to speak on many interesting topics and new activities. In Spring and Autumn we go away for midweek breaks to beautiful parts of Ireland. We will close for the Christmas break on 16th December and will reopen on the 13th January 2022. Looking forward to meeting you.

Christmas party will be on 16th December in St. Andrews church hall from 11.30am to 2.30pm
We are especially looking forward to seeing all the members who we are missing so much. The party promises to be great fun and full of good cheer. So come and have a great time with us for lunch, Christmas crackers, chocolates, prizes, music, dancing and much more. Please pass this information on to members who may not read the newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you.

Please don't forget to bring your Covid Passport and Identification with you. They will be checked at the door according to government rules and to insure safety for all of us.

Thank you from the L.A.R.A. Committee.


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi Everyone, This week, we had an hour’s session with Carmel from Carmel’s Chairobics and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a really good workout to music so you sing along and have great fun and you don’t realise you are actually working quite hard. Everyone was smiling afterwards and asking can we have Carmel here more than once a month please; so it’s very popular with our members. I took some photos of our members taking part today.


We played cards and scrabble and had the craic over tea/coffee and biscuits, loads of topics get covered from gardening to cooking, from loneliness to walks, you name it, we cover it…..

Again, for next Wednesday could we ask some more members to come down early, around 1.10pm to help set up the tables and chairs and sanitize them all.

I got a new name today: the Exterminator, as I spray everyone’s hands as they come into our hall lol. We are very fussy about members wearing masks and sanitizing their hands regularly.

We are still preparing for our Christmas party on Wednesday 15th December if Covid allows

If anyone wants to join a fun, lively and friendly club, you can join us, once you’re fully vaccinated and have a vaccination certificate with photographic ID. We meet every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Lucan (close to Stagg Cycle shop which is blue and yellow); there is parking inside the Church gates plus a bus stop just outside the Church gates. Don’t be afraid to come in, you’re very welcome. The long dark days are upon us now so come and join us for the craic so you’ll have people to talk to for a few hours each week.

Getting out of the house and safely meeting up with people in a big, well ventilated hall where everyone is vaccinated and all precautions taken, is very important for your mental and emotional health so come to our club and relax and enjoy yourself.

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


Anam Cara

Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it's monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 13th December at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

(subject to change in accordance with government guidelines).


Christmas Cards for Sale

In St Mary’s Parish Centre

Christmas cards (assorted designs) in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust
Pack of 12 - €5

Christmas Novena Masses available - Proceeds go to the Student Priests.

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


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée


It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that at last week’s meeting of the Camera Soiree more time was devoted to trying to work out what was going to happen to our bus services on the following Monday than to photography! Like Birdie we found the whole thing, including the numbering system, most confusing. In the end we concluded that it appeared that the number of services per hour through Lucan to and from the city centre was being reduced from 8 to 4 and that this did not seem to be an improvement in terms of serving the people of Lucan whatever about the new services having a possible shorter journey time.


After this discussion all the copies of our calendar for 2022 were disposed of. Then, having resolved technical issues with the projector with the help of Fr. Philip, we continued to look at photographs taken with cameras that might form the basis of a “real-life” print exhibition in the New Year. However, given the current COVID situation there was a sense that there may be no alternative but to go virtual again. Josie and Conor made presentations of their recent photographic efforts.


This week Donal and Paddy submitted more Autumnal photos for the Newsletter which feels strange as it is the beginning of December. Donal submitted a particularly ghostly night-time photo of a graveyard taken in Macreddin in County Wicklow.,br.
Stay safe until next week!


Palmerstown Camera Club

Palmerstown Camera Club was treated to some wonderful wildlife images from Ita Martin, a wildlife photographer who spoke to the club last week.

Next week we have some of our club members presenting on various projects they have worked on and achievements they have gained over the years. So, this should be an interesting evening. A few weeks back we had our Nature competition and some super shots from our photographers, below we have one of the winning images from Elaine Butler titled “Puffin landing on Skellig Michael” which won her mono category in the advanced section.


People interested in joining the club or even attending one or two meetings free of charge to see how their photography could benefit from being a member can do so by contacting


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

NB please note our phone numbers have moved to a new 0818 prefix.

The old 0761 numbers will remain operational in tandem with 0818 until 31 December 2021. However, from 1 January 2022, only the 0818 numbers will connect you to the relevant service.

COVID-19 has changed the service we offer to the public. Our drop-in service is not currently available, but we are taking phone calls, answering emails, and providing a call back service.
Call us on 0818 07 5090, leave a message with your name and number and an Information Officer will return your call within 2 working days.
Or you can email your query to us at and someone will reply.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) 0818 07 4000 operates on Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.

MABS: The Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over twenty years. MABS Clondalkin phone 0818 07 2270 or email

Ireland’s first report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
From Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
On 10 November 2021, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte T.D., published Ireland’s first report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report describes what Ireland is doing to protect and enhance the rights of people with disabilities. The report can be accessed on the link below, as can summary reports of the consultation events and written submissions. - Ireland’s first report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( has information on such topics as:
Travelling to Ireland during Covid 19
Common travel area between Ireland and the UK
Covid restrictions in Ireland

Helplines or websites
Your mental health The HSE website or 1800 111888 – for advice on how to mind your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Childline - 08001111

Parentline – 1890 927277 - Mon to Fri 10 am to 9pm, Fri 10 am to 4pm

One in Four – ending the trauma of childhood sexual abuse – 01 6624070 or email

Threshold – housing advice for tenants – 1800 454 454

Focus Ireland – 01 8815900, email if you need help or advice or want to know information about your rights you can contact Focus Ireland. - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission:
Location determines your consumer rights

The CCPC’s research findings suggest that most consumers are familiar with shopping online, with the majority (76%) of those surveyed confirming they had bought online over the previous 12 months. However, 32% of consumers thought that their rights are the same irrespective of where a business is based when in fact consumers do not have automatic rights if they buy from a business outside of the EU. Check this site for information on consumer issues.


Age Action for all Older People

Age Action are offering five hours tutoring, remotely, to anyone who needs support using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, how to use video calling to see your loved ones etc.

For more information, please call 01 4756989 or email


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village
Collins Butchers, Main Street
Lynchs / Centra

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


South Dublin Co. Co. on Dumping

Household Waste Collection Services are operating and Civic Amenity sites are open.

If you witness dumping contact 014149000/


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open every day 8am-8pm, (including weekends) Please call 0818 222 024.